Intel plans to team up with WiTricity on wireless charging

The chip maker wants to integrate wireless charging tech into computing devices using by its chips

Intel today announced an agreement that will allow it to integrate wireless charging technology into computing devices powered by its chips.

The wireless charging technology from WiTricity adheres to the Rezence specification, which was developed by the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP). The specification has been adopted by some of the leading mobile chip makers, mobile phone manufacturers and other key industry players.

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The copper coil and transistors in WiTricity's Prodogy magnetic resonance charging developer's kit (Image by Lucas Mearian).

Both Intel and WiTricity are board members of the A4WP.

WiTricity's main competitors are companies such as Duracell, with its Powermat technology, as well as products that carry the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi certification.

The A4WP's Rezence near-field resonant technology allows simultaneous charging of multiple devices with differing power requirements, and 'spatial freedom' for additional virttical reach.

"We have overwhelming feedback from end users that they are frustrated with dealing with all the different wires and power adapters for their devices - phones, tablets and PCs," Sanjay Vora, Intel's general manager of user experience, said in a statement. "At Intel, we have a vision to eliminate all wires from all of our platforms. This agreement is a major step in the right direction."

Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at  @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com.

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