Intel to try out wireless charging technology in ultrabooks and smartphones in 2H13Monica Chen, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Thursday 9 August 2012]
Intel may adopt its self-developed wireless charging technology into Intel-based ultrabooks and smartphones in the second half of 2013, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
In addition to Intel, there are already several smartphone players and telecom carriers aggressively developing wireless charging technology. Japan-based NTT Docomo and Sharp both previously launched smartphones with wireless charging functions that meet the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPS) Qi standard, but high prices are still creating barriers that distance consumers, the sources noted.
Samsung was originally expected to launch a resonance wireless smartphone charger in June, but the project was delayed to the end of 2012 or into 2013 as performance still needs some improvements. Some market watchers expect Samsung will launch a magnetic induction wireless charger to fill the spot first.
Intel’s wireless charging solution uses an ultrabook as the power source paired with related software and a transmitter to wirelessly charge a smartphone. According to Intel’s data, the solution will feature lower power consumption and does not require the phone to be put in a very specific position.
Intel also provides design suggestions to integrate the transmitter and receiver together to lower production costs, and Intel has also designed software exclusively for power charging with functions such as power charging equipment examination, smartphone charging control, and equipment position tests all included.
Sources from notebook players also pointed out that Intel’s Haswell platform is unlikely to fully adopt the wireless charging technology and the idea is expected be seen in just a few models in the second half of 2013.