Updated models with AMD graphics options expected in early 2017.
Intel Demonstrates Cableless Computing Made Possible by Future Skylake Platform
The demonstration by Kirk Skaugen, Intel's senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, showcased a wireless display, as well as a computer with wireless docking and charging capabilities. Intel uses technology from A4WP's Rezence, which transfers power wirelessly using the principles of magnetic resonance, for its wireless charging solution.
The system can be installed under a table surface, with magnetic resonance capable of charging through 2 inches of wood. It can also charge any number of devices at the same time, unlike inductive charging technologies.For docking and display purposes, Intel relies on Wi-Gig to govern the wireless data transfer. First outlined in 2010, Wi-Gig is an established wireless standard that uses unlicensed 60 GHz spectrum to provide data transfer rates up to 7 Gbps.
Skaugen demonstrated a table that charged a laptop, phone, headset and tablet all at once.
The technology is still in the early stages, with Intel's Skylake platform expected to debut in late 2015. Products natively supporting these wireless protocols will be available publicly sometime in 2016. Apple is not currently listed as a member of the extensive A4WP consortium, but the company is undoubtedly pursuing its own potential solutions and its use of Intel's chips in Macs means that it will be able to take advantage of the technologies packaged into the future Skylake platform.