Humavox® Brings New Smart Wireless Charging Technology to Hearing Aids, Wireless Earbuds, and Hearables

April 13th, 2016

Humavox is introducing a wireless charging solution for hearing aids and various hearables using ON Semiconductor’s state-of-the-art power management technology to promote an easy, user-friendly charging solution.

TEL-AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Humavox, (www.humavox.com) a leader in the wireless charging space, is advancing the next generation of hearing aids and hearables with the introduction of wireless charging. The company will wirelessly power rechargeable batteries through the utilization of their proprietary radio frequency (RF) technology. Humavox’s unique technology uses one of ON Semiconductor’s (http://www.onsemi.com) (Nasdaq:ON) energy efficient innovations to bring quality charging to hearing aids, in order to simplify the lives of the hearing impaired.

New generation hearing aids are becoming much smaller, more sophisticated, and packed with dense electronics, yet still lack effective charging solutions. Humavox’s flexible hardware platform, ETERNA®, includes the smallest power receiver available in the market, making it able to fit into the tiniest of hearing aids. Wireless charging technology also enables bypassing the USB port, which allows for a waterproof design. This is of significant value to hearing aid manufacturers as well as manufacturers of various hearables, such as wireless earbuds, for commercial use.

With over 10 million hearing aids sold worldwide every year, one of the most common problems hearing aid users still encounter is dealing with constant battery replacement. In fact, some people with hearing loss avoid wearing hearing aids all-together because of the hassles related to battery issues. Enabling the transition from disposable batteries to rechargeable batteries, Humavox is redefining the user experience. With Humavox’s technology, users can simply drop their hearing aid in its case and, regardless of the aids’ orientation in that case, the hearing aid is recharged seamlessly.

Humavox’s ETERNA platform uses HPM10, a power management IC (PMIC) from ON Semiconductor, designed specifically to support rechargeable batteries within hearing aids. This unique technology automatically detects the battery chemistry deployed in the hearing aid, and then operates as a high-efficiency regulator to provide the necessary charging supply voltage. HPM10’s built-in charger communication interface (CCIF) can send data to the hearing aid charger during the charging cycle. This enables communication of battery parameters such as battery voltage levels, current levels, temperature and different forms of battery status and failures. With HPM10’s advanced communication interface, Humavox’s platform receives data, which can be used to optimize the charging process.

The use of state-of-the-art power management technology from ON Semiconductor will allow Humavox to provide high efficiency charging combined with superior power regulation. The ETERNA hardware platform supplies hearing aids, wireless earbuds, and hearables with design flexibility, whereby the technology can be implemented in any kind of device and is able to support multiple battery types.

Omri Lachman, CEO & founder of Humavox: “We believe that the combination of our technology and ON Semiconductor’s will revolutionize the hearing aid and wireless earbud industries. We are especially excited about HPM10’s ability to learn and communicate data about the battery, which we can then use to optimize the charging cycle. Using technology from ON Semiconductor, we will provide smart and easy charging for the hearing impaired, eliminating completely the struggle they’ve experienced with disposable batteries thus far.”

Michel De Mey, senior director at ON Semiconductor: “Humavox’s ETERNA platform provides a sophisticated and user-friendly solution for next-generation hearing aids. With our HPM10 power management IC and Humavox’s RF charging technology, it will be made easy and convenient for hearing aid users to recharge their devices.”

About Humavox:
Humavox is an innovative developer of groundbreaking technology in the field of wireless power. With its ETERNA platform, Humavox uses near-field radio frequency (RF) technology, and provides users with a simple and intuitive charging experience (“drop & charge”). The technology can be implemented in the smallest of devices, such as wearables and IoT devices. Humavox was founded in 2010 by Omri Lachman and Asaf Elssibony, and is based in Israel. For more information, visit http://www.humavox.com.

About ON Semiconductor
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON) is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, SoC and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace and defense applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, a robust compliance and ethics program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com.

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