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Intel demonstrates cable-less computers, wireless charging at Computex

updated 02:13 pm EDT, Wed June 4, 2014

Combined WiGig, Rezence system could be driven by Intel Skylake platform

Computers could potentially run without any cables or external wiring in the future, according to a Computex demonstration by Intel. The chip producer demonstrated a number of reference design devices that combine the close-range and high-speed WiGig standard with wireless charging to create an entirely connected and wire-free computing system.

Intel Senior Vice President Kirk Skaugen demonstrated to CNET the system, claiming the company's SkyLake platform, following after Broadwell, will enable such WiGig configurations to be constructed in the future. WiGig, a low-range wireless technology that automatically "docks" devices together, offers speeds of up to 7Gbps using the 60GHz spectrum, more than enough bandwidth to wirelessly accommodate a display and other similar devices, such as external hard drives.

In order to provide power to all components on the display, the demonstration table was fitted with Rezence, a wireless charging technology using magnetic resonance to transfer power. The benefits of the technology include allowing it to power multiple devices with different power requirements simultaneously, as well as being able to transfer power through two inches of wood. Skaugen showed a notebook, a smartphone, a tablet, and a headset being charged through the system.

Skaugen also took the time to reveal more members of the Alliance 4 Wireless Power (A4WP), a consortium Intel is a member of. Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Logitech, and Panasonic are new to A4WP, with existing members including Asus, Logitech, and Toshiba noted as working to include the technology in future devices.

Skylake, Intel's future chipset, is expected to launch sometime in the second half of next year, with devices based on SkyLake reference designs potentially going on sale sometime in 2016.

by MacNN Staff



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