Intel gets commercial backer for wireless charging chips

Intel revealed the capability four years ago, but today Integrated Device Technology confirmed it would develop and build chipsets for wireless charging

Intel today confirmed a new partner in Integrated Device Technology (IDT) to develop and create chipsets for its wireless charging capabilities.

The chipmaker first unveiled the technology in 2008, but thanks to the help from IDT’s developers, it will improve dramatically.

Rather than having to use inductive charging techniques – such as charging mats – the new chipsets will allow a smartphone to be charged from a laptop by just putting the two devices within two inches of each other.  

IDT has also managed to reduce the size of the chip needed, as well as the cost, which will make it more accessible for manufacturers to use and incorporate into their products.

“Imagine this wireless charging solution in an Ultrabook of the future,” wrote Dan Snyder, technical PR manager at Intel, on the company’s blog. “How would it work?”

“You are low on juice on your phone — you simply start the WCT (Wireless Charging Technology) detection software and place the smartphone close to your Ultrabook (about an inch or so). Coupling takes place between the two devices and energy begins to seamlessly and wirelessly flow from the Ultrabook to the smartphone.”

“Within an hour, you have recharged your smartphone sufficiently to make it through the afternoon. No more wires or chargers.”

Snyder said Intel was in discussions with “peripheral suppliers,” such as smartphone-case makers and camera companies, as well as other hardware manufacturers to find more routes to market for the technology.

No dates have been set for these products to hit the market, but IDT confirmed it would be making the chipsets available to designers from the start of 2013.

“Intel will be discussing specific plans and timelines at a later date, so stay tuned for more details on this innovation that’s one step closer from the labs to your home,” said Snyder.

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