Intel could offer Ultrabook-based wireless charging in 2013

Wireless charging of electronic devices such as smartphones isn't a new idea, but it's also one that has yet to catch on with the general public. That could finally change starting next year, if a new report is correct.

Digitimes reports, via unnamed sources, that Intel is looking to put its own wireless charging technology inside new Ultrabook designs sometime in the second half of 2013. Intel's technology is known as WREL (Wireless Resonant Energy Link).

The hardware, including a transmitter and receiver, would be built inside an Ultrabook-based notebook, along with corresponding software. A smartphone with a special case that works with WREL could then be placed very near the Ultrabook, which would then automatically detect the smartphone via its software. After that, the smartphone is charged via the Ultrabook base with no power or USB cables needed.

While all of this sounds pretty cool, the story adds that Intel's WREL technology will likely be put inside just a few Ultrabook designs in the second half of 2013. Therefore, we should not expect widespread use of this wireless charging hardware for a while. Still, the prospect of charging a smartphone and not have to worry about bringing any extra cables around is certainly a welcome one, especially for travelers.

Source: Digitimes

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Um so this should have read that Intel will work with Apple only initially. Then PC makers will start to include it in 2014. There are many many PC makers, but for some reason they just dont like being at the forefront with any technology or new designs.

Iridium said,
Um so this should have read that Intel will work with Apple only initially. Then PC makers will start to include it in 2014. There are many many PC makers, but for some reason they just dont like being at the forefront with any technology or new designs.

Uhhh....where on earth did you get Apple from? *blinks* Apple isn't mentioned anywhere at all in this article or even the source. Are you high?

ps, getting rid of a dedicated gfx chip in favour of intels gfx on the cpu itself also cuts down alot of consumption,.. so you have got ram, a ssd (1-3wats) ram,mb, were talking about even desktops using under 16watts all up,.. ie the N36L micro server,.. not too long ago house hold light bulbs used 60watts...

Im not expert on this,.. but i dont really like the idea too much,... you have to have it tied to transmitter to charge it, sure over time there might be more and more.. but i would rather have the back of the screen equipped with solar panels that could provide the power to charge the laptop. With laptops needing less and less power due to die shrinks and moving away from physical harddrives to ssd's you could just use the sun to provide unlimited cost free, and clean power... not only that there is pain that can act as a solar panel absorbing heat and turning it to energy,.. The screen would provide a great deal of heat which can be reused again,….

T1OOO said,
Im not expert on this,.. but i dont really like the idea too much,... you have to have it tied to transmitter to charge it, sure over time there might be more and more.. but i would rather have the back of the screen equipped with solar panels that could provide the power to charge the laptop. With laptops needing less and less power due to die shrinks and moving away from physical harddrives to ssd's you could just use the sun to provide unlimited cost free, and clean power... not only that there is pain that can act as a solar panel absorbing heat and turning it to energy,.. The screen would provide a great deal of heat which can be reused again,….

Sorry to burst your bubble but at the moment solar technology is crap and isn't improving or becoming more efficient so the prospect of having a solar panel on the back of your laptop isn't going to work, especially as power use in laptops, if anything is increasing rather than decreasing!

ingramator said,
especially as power use in laptops, if anything is increasing rather than decreasing!

New laptops use more power than older ones?
Tell me again how you bought an Alienware instead of an Intel Ultrabook...

ingramator said,

Sorry to burst your bubble but at the moment solar technology is crap and isn't improving or becoming more efficient so the prospect of having a solar panel on the back of your laptop isn't going to work, especially as power use in laptops, if anything is increasing rather than decreasing!

guhaa?!... new laptops use alot LESS power your recon?,.. the TDP of cpus and other chips is going down due to die shrinks, ie 22 nm vs 60mn,.. whats in most smart phones is more power full and uses alot less than pcs not too long ago... Not only that, the main draw which is the screen is also going down as technology like LED consumes alot less... and I already said you can use an endothermic panel under the keyboard and frame to capture that heat and transform it to energy, not only that,.. you can leave your laptop off when not using it, perhasp in the sunlight and it will get charge a decent amount,, and yes solar technology is improving..

in any case id like what your smoking

T1OOO said,

guhaa?!... new laptops use alot LESS power your recon?,.. the TDP of cpus and other chips is going down due to die shrinks, ie 22 nm vs 60mn,.. whats in most smart phones is more power full and uses alot less than pcs not too long ago... Not only that, the main draw which is the screen is also going down as technology like LED consumes alot less... and I already said you can use an endothermic panel under the keyboard and frame to capture that heat and transform it to energy, not only that,.. you can leave your laptop off when not using it, perhasp in the sunlight and it will get charge a decent amount,, and yes solar technology is improving..

in any case id like what your smoking

If laptops are using less battery then why has the battery length not come down mate? Why is the battery use time the same as it was 3 years ago? Secondly you cannot compare mobile processors and full on desktop ones. Just because your phone says it has a quad core processor in no way means that it has more power then a full processor. They are cut down low voltage ones which are capable of making a fraction of the calculations full ones can... (you clearly haven't a clue about CPU architecture)

"an endothermic panel" I would like to know what your smoking... and leaving the computer in direct line of the sun ie heat just defeats the purpose of having a solar panel as batteries lose charge when they are heated... not to mention the decrease in life span for the poor internal transistors and other components that aren't meant to handle increased amounts of heat. So having a solar panel actually on the device is not going to happen, at this rate anyway. BTW if your leaving your laptop in the sun, I don't know what kind of environment your in but I would much rather charge mine in a fraction of the time by using a power cable...

T1OOO said,

guhaa?!... new laptops use alot LESS power your recon?,.. the TDP of cpus and other chips is going down due to die shrinks, ie 22 nm vs 60mn,.. whats in most smart phones is more power full and uses alot less than pcs not too long ago... Not only that, the main draw which is the screen is also going down as technology like LED consumes alot less... and I already said you can use an endothermic panel under the keyboard and frame to capture that heat and transform it to energy, not only that,.. you can leave your laptop off when not using it, perhasp in the sunlight and it will get charge a decent amount,, and yes solar technology is improving..

in any case id like what your smoking

If laptops are using less battery then why has the battery length not come down mate? Why is the battery use time the same as it was 3 years ago? Secondly you cannot compare mobile processors and full on desktop ones. Just because your phone says it has a quad core processor in no way means that it has more power then a full processor. They are cut down low voltage ones which are capable of making a fraction of the calculations full ones can... (you clearly haven't a clue about CPU architecture)

"an endothermic panel" I would like to know what your smoking... and leaving the computer in direct line of the sun ie heat just defeats the purpose of having a solar panel as batteries lose charge when they are heated... not to mention the decrease in life span for the poor internal transistors and other components that aren't meant to handle increased amounts of heat. So having a solar panel actually on the device is not going to happen, at this rate anyway. BTW if your leaving your laptop in the sun, I don't know what kind of environment your in but I would much rather charge mine in a fraction of the time by using a power cable...

pretty simple,.. they use smaller batteries to keep size down, ie ultra books, smaller batteries can power a lot more.. so while time hasn't gone up alot the size has,.. my 5 year old laptops battery weights a ton compared to those found in ultra books or even general laptops today.. guhhh DUH! do we really need to point out trivial things like this? its embarrassing pointing out things like this and brings into questions you knowledgeable, or you could just be trolling, dono

secondly, i know the difference between ARM and x86 cpus, and i also know that you can have full fledged cpus in tablets, consider the samasunge series 7 table, its got a i5 cpu all be it udner clocked and the S and T models are designed to use less power anyways,..

as for leaving it in sunlight its if you want max results, its optional not mandatory, just having it out int he day time on your desk will be enough. as for decreasing the life span of internal hardware, yeah i guess you are yet to discover insulators? one side solar the other insulator,.. wow, amazing..

the notion of having free energy powering my laptop, even a small % is really cool and green. ofcourse if you want to charge it by power you can to, no one is suggesting removing it

look dude instead of arguing about it, just move on with your life,... you have nothing to really contribute do you... oh and yes, satellites in space are designed to work and charge of sun light,... best go tell them they are stupidz or lulz what ever kids these days are twitering about

T1OOO said,
pretty simple,.. they use smaller batteries to keep size down, ie ultra books, smaller batteries can power a lot more.. so while time hasn't gone up alot the size has,.. my 5 year old laptops battery weights a ton compared to those found in ultra books or even general laptops today.. guhhh DUH! do we really need to point out trivial things like this? its embarrassing pointing out things like this and brings into questions you knowledgeable, or you could just be trolling, dono

secondly, i know the difference between ARM and x86 cpus, and i also know that you can have full fledged cpus in tablets, consider the samasunge series 7 table, its got a i5 cpu all be it udner clocked and the S and T models are designed to use less power anyways,..

as for leaving it in sunlight its if you want max results, its optional not mandatory, just having it out int he day time on your desk will be enough. as for decreasing the life span of internal hardware, yeah i guess you are yet to discover insulators? one side solar the other insulator,.. wow, amazing..

the notion of having free energy powering my laptop, even a small % is really cool and green. ofcourse if you want to charge it by power you can to, no one is suggesting removing it

look dude instead of arguing about it, just move on with your life,... you have nothing to really contribute do you... oh and yes, satellites in space are designed to work and charge of sun light,... best go tell them they are stupidz or lulz what ever kids these days are twitering about

You just need to come into reality. I already said mobile processors are different to desktop ones... the i5 in the series 9 is not the same i5 that's in your desktop, notice the m after the model number. Green... don't start... because I can tell you the energy gone into the R&D and the construction outweights the charging of a laptop for a million years, Insulators huh? how much space is that going to take up?

As for the satellites... yes they are designed to work and charge off sun light, they don't have many options, Anyways satelites, I don't know what type your referring to are unaffected by weather changes and can harness a lot more sun then we can. Not to mention the R&D that went into that machinery cost millions upon millions.

Anyway I just want you to come down to reality.

Haha so they started charging you to get the full speed of you CPU and now they're gonna charge you to charge your laptop...
Just kidding. But what's the actual efficiency of this? AFAIK wireless charging is very inefficient.

n_K said,
Haha so they started charging you to get the full speed of you CPU and now they're gonna charge you to charge your laptop...
Just kidding. But what's the actual efficiency of this? AFAIK wireless charging is very inefficient.

Its not wireless how I think your thinking about it. Its not like WiFi or Bluetooth its inductive, meaning the electromagnetic field transfers the electricity. As for efficiency I think one company got near the 90% mark but the a lot of energy is wasted on heat and the technology is very very expensive. The cheaper methods use smaller coils but have lower inefficiencies due to heal conversion. So its not that its inefficient its just that it costs a lot and serves no real purpose at this point in time