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TE Connectivity Ltd Opens Lab Hub In Menlo Park, California

TE Connectivity Ltd., a world leader in connectivity, opened its TE Wearables Lab in Menlo Park, California. Exclusively focused on wearable technologies across consumer, medical, industrial and defense businesses, the lab serves as a collaboration center for TE's team of engineers, scientists and its customers throughout the design process.

The lab team consists of professionals with extensive skill sets and experiences. These individuals range from electrical and mechanical engineers to materials science experts, pioneering the use of conductive materials including embedding electronic systems in textiles.

"TE designs and manufactures the connectors at the heart of most electronic products today," said James O'Toole, President, Consumer Solutions segment at TE Connectivity. "Providing our customers with a Wearables Lab allows us to enhance our role as a strategic partner. We seek to truly iterate and collaborate – engaging earlier in the process – to support customer innovation with the goal of delivering the best antennas, smart connectivity solutions and sensors."

One of the first products to come out of the TE Wearables Lab is a first-of-its-kind, wireless power development kit for wearable devices, company officials explained. For the first time, TE will introduce a solution that addresses the need for miniaturization as well as low power requirements for wearables. Set for broader distribution in early 2015, the kit will include a small 2.5W charger with integrated magnet for attachment to a wearable device, as well as a complete RX coil and electronics for integration. TE engineers miniaturized the electronic system and the coil to make it possible for wearable designers to quickly prototype their products and develop a customized solution to meet their design requirements.

According to the firm, TE Wearables Lab is currently being used by a number of start-up and middle stage companies ranging from design to manufacturing and integration companies. In addition to working with customers on custom and existing products, the TE Wearables Lab team is also exploring innovations around wireless power and conductivity across textiles, plastics and other materials.

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