A sketch that was about to have life forced upon it.
It was the start of a heroic British start-up story. A story that was solving a long overlooked problem of the size of the humble UK plug.
Having been unchanged for over 50 years the UK plug was outdated and outsized in comparison to the mobile devices that it served. That changed as the sketch became the Mu and the UK plug size was solved forever.
The Mu won Design of the Year, Accessory of Mobile World Congress along with other associated high profile awards for its novel and simplistic form factor.
But in reality, the job was only half done.
The unseen secondary challenge of the Mu related to the power that it provides. In its first manifestation the ‘Mu Classic’, the Mu had an output power of 1Amp (5Watts) — just enough to charge a smartphone. Later, the ‘Mu Tablet’, ‘Mu Duo’ and ‘Mu International’ increased the power to 2.4Amp (12Watts) — now smartphone and tablet ready.
But the enemy of increasing the power of the Mu had two faces: the size of the components on the electronics board inside the Mu that were generally linear to its output, and the heat that it produced. The Mu, being super small, had a very limited enclosure to fit power and to disperse and heat. The impact that the Mu could have over a full range of mobile devices was limited by its essence — size.
For the last two years, the small team behind the Mu have been working with the major global semi-conductor companies aligning their design to the ultimate pursuit of these goliath power providers — high power density (lots of output in a small space) and high efficiency (low heat loss).
New to market for 2018, and as a result of that two year alignment, the breakthrough Mu One will be released first on Kickstarter.
The Mu One hosts 45W output power, now enough to power the latest notebooks and Macbooks. It hosts Power Delivery Technology that creates a variable voltage for fast charging devices, and it has an auto detect chip on board that creates an optimum charge for iOS, Android and other makes of mobile devices. All of this inside the svelte 14mm profile of the Mu.
Being able to add over four times the power of its predecessor is a result of the birth of Gallium Nitride Technology (GaN) enabling a huge amount of power to be enclosed in a very small space — all whilst running at a market leading efficiency of over 90%.
Finally, the solution to create the ultimate Mu is available.
Technology has finally caught up with the Mu that those Two Dudes always wanted to produce.