Laptops and tablets rechargeable via wireless technology by next year

Intel is currently working with the Alliance for Wireless Power group to bring wireless charging to laptops, tablets and smartphones by as early as next year.

Intel PC Client Group GM Kirk Skaugen spoke about this at the Intel Satellite event at the Computex Trade Show in Taiwan. At the keynote, Skaugen stated that the firm is aiming to launch the wireless charging as a standard in mobile devices such as tablets and laptops. The goal was to launch these alongside Intel’s next-generation Core processor to release after Broadwell.

Skaugen spoke about how this technology would work, stating, “Intel is working with the A4WP standards organisation in supporting magnetic resonance technology. We are very exited about this as the problem with conductive (wireless charging) today is that you have to directly connect to the pad and you have to position your phone or tablet by the millimeters for it to charge.”

This was demonstrated on stage in a very unique way. The charging was demonstrated with an ultrabook to be charged via a table at a Starbucks location. The ultrabook used began charging as soon as it made contact with the surface of the desk. This was due to the magnetic charge field technology.

Skaugen explained how this form of charging could be used on a typical surface. “Sitting on top of a table you might see at Starbucks or an airline lounge, it generates a charge field. We will basically design these charging products in the form of charge mats which could go on your desk at home.” It was also established that Intel wants to bring this technology to as many PC manufacturers as possible, including Lenovo, Asus and Toshiba.

Intel typically releases new Core generations annually. Sandy Bridge was announced in 2011, followed by Ivy-Bridge in 2012. The fourth generation of Intel Core titled Haswell released last year, which suggests the Broadwell based Core CPU’s will most likely release this year. Because of this, it’s lead many to believe that wireless integration could be very possible by next year if these claims come to fruition.


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