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Intel Demonstrates Cableless Computing Made Possible by Future Skylake Platform

At Computex in Taiwan this week, Intel demonstrated a variety of wireless accessories that will be enabled by the company's future Skylake processor platform, reports CNET. Reference designs for the Broadwell successor will include the possibility of eliminating all of the cables that currently connect to a personal computer, replacing both data and power cables with wireless options.

Wireless Charging concept from Rezence

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.

Skaugen demonstrated a table that charged a laptop, phone, headset and tablet all at once.
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.

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.

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15 weeks ago
Skylake? we´re getting there Skynet, we´re getting there.
Rating: 21 Votes
15 weeks ago
HA! 2 inches of wood.
Rating: 12 Votes
15 weeks ago
Intel is innovating, first the fanless design and now this.
great job Intel !
Rating: 9 Votes
15 weeks ago

Apple makes a lot of money with their cables and power adapters. I'm sure they will take their time adopting this.

User experience is what they're after.
Rating: 7 Votes
15 weeks ago
Apple makes a lot of money with their cables and power adapters. I'm sure they will take their time adopting this.
Rating: 5 Votes
15 weeks ago

Apple makes a lot of money with their cables and power adapters. I'm sure they will take their time adopting this.

I don't think Apple is going to implement anything that requires installing power mats or other accessories throughout your home. Your devices will charge each other off a desktop.

Powermats and the like are just the players in the industry releasing a bunch of "me too" products when witricity has been doing this for years. I feel Apple's implementation (and Samsung has a very similar vision) makes more sense.


And if you spill a liquid on the table, will you have a shocking experience?

No, it's magnetic coupling.
Rating: 5 Votes
15 weeks ago

Make Dam Sure you don't have a Pace Maker. ;) :apple:


Am I the only one who feels that all this wireless radiation or whatever passing through our bodies is going to kill (at least some of) us?

I haven't looked up the science, but it often backpedals as new data trickles in too...
Rating: 4 Votes
15 weeks ago
I hope this works out. cables are a pain.
Rating: 3 Votes
15 weeks ago

Sounds interesting but I wonder if it would be unsafe for anyone with a pacemaker or defibrillator.

No. It's magnetic coupling, there is no interference.
Rating: 3 Votes
15 weeks ago

If that were true then I'm sure Apple would supply longer charging cables with the iPhone/iPad since they're shorter than most and are an endless source of frustration if trying to use the device while it's charging. I spend half the time trying not to accidentally rip the socket from the wall...

The rule at my house is you do not use a portable device when plugged in. All it does it ruin cables. And besides, the Low Battery indicator is a good indicator it's time to do something besides play video games.
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