According to the sources in the upstream supply chain, Intel may adopt its self developed wireless charging technology into Intel based smart phones and ultra books. However, this technology will be seen sometime in the second half of 2013.
However, Intel is not the only one who has been experimenting with wireless charging technology. Other players in the smart phone market and some telecom carriers are also aggressively developing wireless charging technologies at the moment as well.
Japan based Sharp and NTT Docomo both have previously launched smart phones with the feature of wireless chagrining functions that meet the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPS) Qi standard. However, they are faced with the challenge of making this technology affordable as the high prices of such technology are driving away consumers, the sources noted.
Samsung is not far behind and was originally expected to launch a resonance wireless smartphone charge in June this year. However, the project was delayed to the end of 2012, as the performance of this function still needs some improvements. Some believe that the Samsung’s project is delayed further into 2013. Nonetheless, some market watchers are expecting Samsung to fill the spot first by launching a magnetic induction wireless charger.
Intel’s approach on the wireless charging is to use its ultrabooks at the power source that will be paired with related software and transmitters in order to wirelessly charge a smart phone. According to Intel’s data, this solution will feature a low power consumption and it will also not require the smart phone to be placed in a specific position in order for it to charge wirelessly via the ultrabook.
Intel has also provided design suggestions to integrate the receiver and transmitter together to lower the production cost of this feature. Moreover, Intel is has also designed software that is exclusively designed for power charging with functions such as equipment position tests, smart phone charging control, and power charging equipment examination.
Sources from the notebook players also point out to the fact that Intel’s Haswell platform will not fully adopt the wireless charging technology. This means that the concept of wireless charging via ultrabooks will only be seen in just a few models, which is more likely to be seen in the second half of 2013.
The wireless charging race is on and who is going to bring new and affordable innovation to this field wins it. So far, Samsung seems to be leading this arena, and is expected to launch a magnetic induction wireless charger sometime this year. However, Intel cannot be ignored in this area because Intel certainly has the resources and the will power to follow this ambition of theirs.
Although, there seem to some limitations to how many Intel devices will actually support this feature when it is made public, but hopefully, Intel will think of something to compensate for not making it a diverse feature. Certainly, more innovation will come to this area, as there are clearly no chances of hitting a dead end in the area of wireless charging smart phones.