Remember not so long ago when we talked up wireless charging with Intel rumoured to be preparing wireless charging technology for Ultrabooks? Well those rumours have turned real, with an official announcement.
Yes it is true, wireless charging will indeed be a new feature for Ultrabooks during 2013. Intel is having Integrated Device Technology (IDT) build a real-world chipset to support its ‘resonance charging’, a feature which if smartphone manufacturers choose to build upon, could revolutionize the charging scene especially for people on the commute who will be able to charge their phone without the need for those pesky wires. The technology world is anticipating this next step for charging, which could see a wealth of devices including thermal imaging cameras get the treatment.
If you are an avid consumer technology nut, you’ll probably be thinking that what we are talking about has been done before through the likes of HP with their TouchStone dock for the Palm / HP Pre however you would be wrong; that technology requires inductive charging plates to work, whilst this new technology from Intel and IDT is completely wireless and contactless.
Of course, the above means that it is in Intel’s best interest to get this technology patented as fast as possible because with this news will come the attention of a whole lotta’ technology companies. If they patent this, it could be a game changer for Intel and their move in to the mobile processor market. Naturally its success also depends on just how efficient it is compared to the traditional charging method of just using a wall socket.
We have supplied the full official press release below for your eager eyes. Roll on 2013.
IDT and Intel Partner to Develop Integrated Silicon Solution for Intel’s Wireless Charging Technology
IDT and Intel To Accelerate the Proliferation of the Wireless Charging Ecosystem Based on Resonance Technology
SAN JOSE, Calif., August 29, 2012 – Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT®) (NASDAQ: IDTI), the Analog and Digital Company™ delivering essential mixed-signal semiconductor solutions, today announced that Intel has selected IDT to develop an integrated transmitter and receiver chipset for Intel’s wireless charging technology based on resonance technology. Wireless charging ICs by IDT will provide industry-leading size and cost reduction, while simplifying product development and integration. Intel, along with IDT, aims to deliver validated reference designs that are targeted for deployment in Ultrabooks™, all-in-one (AiO) PCs, smartphones, and standalone chargers.
“Our extensive experience in developing the innovative and highly integrated IDTP9030 transmitter and multi-mode IDTP9020 receiver has given IDT a proven leadership position in the wireless power market,” said Arman Naghavi, vice president and general manager of the Analog and Power Division at IDT. “We welcome the advancements in resonance technology and will support its continued success by delivering the most integrated and full-featured ICs in the world. IDT is excited to collaborate with Intel and looks forward to playing a key role in the proliferation of wireless power technology, resulting in benefits for IDT customers and shareholders.”
“We think the ability to have a wire-free charging experience with a broad ecosystem of devices like keyboards, mice, storage devices, cameras and smartphones will be realized in the near future,” said Gary Huang, director of PC Growth and Innovation at Intel (NASDAQ: INTC). “We are delighted to work with IDT to accelerate the progress toward that vision with their unique and proven skill to integrate the required features and functionality into a monolithic solution. Customers and consumers alike have asked for a fully mobile wireless charging experience, and it is our objective to deliver it through the power of PC.”
IDT is targeting samples of a resonance receiver IC by the end of the year, and the transmitter IC is expected to sample in the first half of 2013. For more information about IDT’s wireless power transmitter and receiver ICs, visit www.wirelesspowerbyidt.com.