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Intel to Support Wireless Charging by 2014

Intel confirmed that wireless charging will become available in the form of reference designs in early 2013 with full commercialization expected to take place in 2014. The initial set of targeted products will include Ultrabooks, all-in-one PCs, smartphones, and standalone chargers.

There are no details on specs and pricing, even if Intel's Dan Snyder notes that wireless charging times are similar to those of a USB cable setup. It is reasonable to assume that wireless chargers will command a noticeable premium over products cable chargers, even if the hardware production and assembly cost may be substantially lower. The article published by The Register suggests that details will be revealed next month at the fall Intel Developer Forum.

From Snyder's blog post:

"Imagine, for example, this wireless charging solution in an Ultrabook of the future. How would it work? You are low on juice on your phone — you simply start the WCT [wireless charging technology] detection software and place the smartphone close to your Ultrabook (about an inch or so). Coupling takes place between the two devices and energy begins to seamlessly and wirelessly flow from the Ultrabook to the smartphone. Within an hour, you have recharged your smartphone sufficiently to make it through the afternoon. No more wires or chargers."

Probably the best known wireless charging technology today is the Duracell Powermat, which is based on a charging case for phones as well as a charging surface a device needs to be placed on. Intel's wireless charging technology will be based on technology provided by IDT.

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  • trumpeter1994
    There are no details on specs and pricing, even if Intel's Dan Snyder notes that wireless charging times are similar to those of a USB cable setup
    I've yet to use wireless charging but it'd be nice to know if he was talking about USB 2.0 port or something like one of the high-powered USB 3.0 ports.
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  • freggo
    Would be nice if they can also be used with wireless mice and keyboards !
    My mouse is going thru a battery a week and you know the darn thing always dies at the most inopportune moment giving Murphy that grin of satisfaction :-)
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  • sheepsnowadays
    "It is reasonable to assume that wireless chargers will command a noticeable premium over products cable chargers, even if the hardware production and assembly cost may be substantially lower"
    Right on, a noticable price increase for something thats cheaper to make
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  • basketcase87
    sheepsnowadays"It is reasonable to assume that wireless chargers will command a noticeable premium over products cable chargers, even if the hardware production and assembly cost may be substantially lower"Right on, a noticable price increase for something thats cheaper to makeI somehow doubt the guys in Intel's R&D department work for free. They have to make their money back from developing the technology as well as cover costs of production.
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  • adgjlsfhk
    What is the use of more expensive wireless charging that only works within an inch of the charger? At that point using a less expensive device seems more convenient.
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  • Chairman Ray
    One step towards Tesla's 26 mile wireless power transmitter :)
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  • bctande1
    adgjlsfhkWhat is the use of more expensive wireless charging that only works within an inch of the charger? At that point using a less expensive device seems more convenient.
    I agree. I never quite got the NFC based charging technologies employed on current smartphones either.. Once you take the phone off the pad, it stops charging.. I don't see the flexibility in that 0__0 .. other than not having to worry about leaving a charger behind on a road trip or something.. Someone correct me if I'm wrong
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  • JOSHSKORN
    Maybe sometime after 2014 I can justify getting a laptop, then...if the keys are big enough. Laptops never excited me due to battery life.
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  • thecolorblue
    so much for energy efficiency appliances... wireless charging is abyssimally wasteful, and although the impact is miniscule for an individual, it will add up tremendously as hundreds of millions of phones, laptops, tablets etc. switch to this tech.

    >_
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  • flips
    I would still be using cables...
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