Jun 21 AT 10:29 AM Nick Sarafolean 4 Comments

Intel partners with the Alliance for Wireless Power


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?

Source: ZDNet

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • 4n1m4l

    And Qi is what? An illusion?

    • Arthur

      Qi is an industry accepted wireless charging technology as we speak and I think it will continue to lead the way and be the dominant if not the only wireless standard.

      The euphoria though of true wireless charging will be though when and location of your choosing that is on some power grid i.e. your house, work, coffee shops, schools and cars (which will have the wireless spectrum built into the car itself going off battery) allowing your wireless devices to charge when your in range almost identical to wireless networks of today accepting a connection as soon as you step close enough to get your phone to recognise that charging network.

      Until that day comes, what we have now with these Qi wireless chargers is not true wireless charging as the charger still has to be physically present, plugged into a wall outlet or PC with a USB port whereby you are stuck to that power source till your device charges.

  • PacoBell

    Unless they can promise me and my current SGS3 that they will have a compatible adapter that fits the same way my flat Qi adapter fits, I’m gonna have to say no. I refuse to buy a new device just to charge in relatively the same way I do now.

  • donger

    About time.