SHENZHEN, China -- Truly Semiconductors Limited (Truly) and Sunpartner Technologies signed a partnership to develop the first turnkey display modules integrating Wysips® Crystal technology, for the smartwatch market and other mobile electronics.
The year 2014 has been the year for wearable electronics and research institutes estimate that the global wearable device market will grow to 100+ million units annually by 2020, with the smartwatch market alone expected to reach US$ 30Bn at a CAGR of over 50% from 2014 to 2020. In an exponentially growing and highly competitive market, energy reliability is a key challenge for watch manufacturers-even more so for smartwatches because they consume a lot of energy. Models that offer long-lasting and reliable power, with an attractive design, will stand out from the crowd.
Wysips Crystal solar recharging technologies transform any surface into a source of electricity using natural or artificial light without impacting aesthetics-like a perpetual power reserve.
Installed under the touchscreen panel during the manufacturing process, the invisible photovoltaic component Wysips® Crystal helps prolong the battery life of the watch-all while being design neutral. This means users can now access essential features and applications like fitness tracking or companion alerts even when the battery is fully discharged.
In the next six months, Sunpartner Technologies and Truly are co-developing and assembling LCD display modules with an embedded Wysips Crystal layer that will be presented and proposed to various watch manufacturers.
Following this first market introduction, Truly and Sunpartner Technologies will officially start full technology licensing discussions for mass volume manufacturing of displays integrating Wysips® Crystal technology. The final goal of this partnership is to transfer to Truly the rights to sell display-integrating Wysips® Crystal technology into its products for the booming smartwatch market.