updated 06:57 pm EDT, Sat June 22, 2013
A4WP gets big boost with Intel joining the collective
The Alliance for Wireless Power may have received a big boost in the format wars for what is thought to be the next step in powering devices. Chipmaker Intel has joined A4WP with a seat on the alliance's board of directors, meaning the collective now has several of the largest processor makers on board. In addition to Intel, A4WP counts more than 40 other firms among its members, including Samsung, Qualcomm, and Broadcom.
In prepared remarks, Intel's Navin Shenoy expressed faith in the future of A4WP's standard.
"Intel believes the A4WP specification, particularly the use of near-field magnetic resonance technology, can provide a compelling consumer experience and enable new usage models that make device charging almost automatic. In joining A4WP, we look forward to working alongside other member companies and contributing to standards that help fuel an ecosystem of innovative solutions capable of simultaneously charging a range of devices, from low-power accessories to smartphones, tablets and Ultrabooks."
Intel hopes that the near future may see Ultrabook owners using the battery power from their devices, plugged in or not, to also power their smartphones, tablets, and other mobile computing gadgets.
Wireless charging may turn out to be the future of powering mobile devices someday, but first the industry will need to settle on a standard. On the one side is A4WP, which is balanced out by its rival Qi. A number of device manufacturers have debuted phones with wireless charging built in -- most notably Palm and Nokia -- but the technology has yet to take off in any sizable sense. [via ZDNet]