Even as wireless charging is becoming a popular feature for devices to have, there’s still a huge problem with consistency in wireless charging technologies. An industry standard technology hasn’t yet been set so you have to be very careful about buying a wireless charger as it could be a different technology that doesn’t work with your phone. But the Alliance for Wireless Power is aiming to fix that by developing a standard wireless charging technology and now they can add Intel to their list of partners.
Intel is one of many companies who have joined the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) to develop an industry standard wireless charging. Some of the other big name companies who have joined the AW4P are Samsung, Qualcomm, and BroadCom. The wireless charging specifications that are being pushed involve near-field magnetic resonance for wireless charging. Intel had this to say about joining the A4WP:
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.Navin ShenoyIntel
All in all, it should be interesting to see what plans Intel has for wireless charging and also how this affects the industry. The Qi wireless charging technology is another very popular technology and it’s going to shake up the industry if they switch to a different wireless charging standard. It’s also going to slow down the amount of consumer adoption as the market adjusts and pumps out technology that implements the new wireless charging standard. But on the bright side, we could finally get a standard technology for wireless charging.
Who’s excited for more wireless charging?