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Wireless charging technology inches closer

The concept seeems to be so monumentally convenient that it’s almost hard to wrap your head around. Imagine a world where you can charge a mobile device from anywhere, essentially changing the entire battery world as we know it!

Well, turns out that there are legitimate steps forward being taken by the folks at Intel, who are in the early stages of creating a system where mobile phones could charge wirelessly from the owner’s laptop computer.

Check out this excerpt from a piece written on this very topic by Intel blogger Dan Snyder:
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Even Captain Kirk would have raised an eyebrow at the prospect of wireless charging on board the Enterprise, and he probably would have given Scotty a raise! But today it’s a step closer to reality for all of us not zipping around the universe at warp speed. Demoed by Intel Labs for the first time way back in 2008, Wireless Charging Technology (WCT) by Intel literally lets you charge your smartphone wirelessly from your notebook PC. That’s right — no cables, no power cords. Of course Intel is no stranger to wireless technologies, launching Centrino mobile technology nearly a decade ago. Imagine a coffee shop without Wifi today?

Today Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT)  – a technology company with specialized expertise in wireless charging - announced it will develop and deliver chipsets for Wireless Charging Technology by Intel. IDT’s product is important and new because it leads to a solution that isn’t limited to inductive charging and ‘smartphone on a charging mat’ usage.  Size and cost reductions are key to IDT’s solution, as is their differentiated “resonance wireless charging technology” that simplifies the way the PC charges the phone wirelessly. Intel is working with companies like IDT, peripheral vendors (from smartphone cases to printers and cameras), OEMs, and other ecosystem partners to deliver a cost-effective and simpler path to wireless charging.

Although we are not yet giving out timeframes for consumer products with WCT enabled, IDT has stated they will be delivering their full chipset solution for reference design work in early 2013. The ecosystem is already excited about this technology so we assume there will be a race to the finish line for sure.
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To read the rest of this post, head to Intel’s website here: http://blogs.intel.com/technology/2012/08/wireless-charging-technology-%E2%80%93-one-step-closer-to-reality/