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06-04-2014, 02:48 PM #1
Intel Demonstrates Wireless Computing Capabilities of its Skylake Processor Platform
At Computex in Taiwan, Intel recently demonstrated a variety of wireless accessories that will be enabled by the companyís future Skylake processor platform. Reference designs for the Broadwell successor will include the possibility of eliminating all of the cables that currently connect to a personal computer, replacing both data and power cables with wireless options. The demonstration by Kirk Skaugen, Intelís senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, showcased a wireless display, as well as a computer with wireless docking and charging capabilities. Intel uses technology from A4WPís Rezence, which transfers power wirelessly using the principles of magnetic resonance for its wireless charging solution. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:
The system can be installed under a table surface, with magnetic resonance capable of charging through 2 inches of wood. It can also charge any number of devices at the same time, unlike inductive charging technologies.
Skaugen demonstrated a table that charged a laptop, phone, headset and tablet all at once.
The technology is still in the early stages, with Intelís Skylake platform expected to debut in late 2015. Products natively supporting these wireless protocols will be available publicly sometime in 2016. Apple isnít currently listed as a member of the extensive A4WP consortium, but the company is clearly pursuing its own potential solutions and its use of Intelís chips in Macs means that it will be able to take advantage of the technologies packaged into the future Skylake platform.
Weíll have to wait and see what Apple is able to come up with.
Source: CNET, Rezence
06-04-2014, 04:29 PM #2
Sounds pretty crazy, but I will bet you someone is going to try and stick their head between the charging station and their device, what will happen then??
06-04-2014, 05:47 PM #3
Intel Demonstrates Wireless Computing Capabilities of its Skylake Processor P...
The problem I have with this method is: What if you want to use your phone while it's charging? Will picking it up just a few inches from the table make it stop charging? And do these systems have to be permanently installed to tables rather than being able to be moved around the house?