Intel pushes for truly wireless laptops

Intel pushes for truly wireless laptops

Intel has revealed that it is working on smart wireless docks that will allow laptops to stream high-definition media and even charge completely wirelessly.

Intel has pledged to push its concept of wireless computing, promising devices with docking stations capable of wire-free charging and high-definition media streaming in the very near future.

Part of the company's vision for future computing unveiled at the Computex event earlier this year, Intel's David Angell has offered a few more details as to how Intel sees mobile technology evolving and what it has in the pipeline to make that vision a reality. 'Evolving wireless technology may soon provide users a truly wire-free computing experience,' he wrote in a blog post on the subject. 'With advances in wireless charging and data transfer capabilities, you’ll soon be able to remove all the clutter of wires for power, display connectors, and other device peripherals.

'How many minutes do you waste each day trying to find the right display adapter? You shouldn’t have to be an A/V tech to give a boardroom presentation. By developing smart wireless docks featuring USB 3.0 speeds and high-definition video capabilities, Intel is paving the way for proximity-based peripheral syncing that will make these kinds of inconveniences a thing of the past,' claimed Angell. 'For example, when you walk in the office with your laptop, it will automatically link with your wireless-enabled monitor or projector to deliver an HD streaming experience without the hassle of plugging into your HDMI or DisplayPort.

'Eliminating cords for peripherals and monitors is a great step toward a truly wireless experience, but Intel wants to take it a step further. We’re developing hardware that enables laptops and other devices to charge wirelessly through magnetic resonance. This new way of powering devices will free you from cumbersome charging bricks, and enable you to charge multiple devices simultaneously.'

Sadly, while Angell has been vocal about the benefits of going wireless, neither he nor his company has offered a date for when the first laptops with fully wire-free designs will be hitting the market.


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azazel1024 22nd August 2014, 15:31 Quote
In theory nothing that can't be done with inductive charging and 60GHz 802.11ad. The only real "challenge" is both integrating that in to laptops as well as possibly some way to easily integrate it in to a mat and/or module you could easily install in to a desk.

The ~7Gbps of 802.11ad is more than enough for high deffinition uncompressed wireless display, gigabit ethernet, USB3 (well, most of USB3). You've got about 3Gbps for the 1080p60 uncompressed, 1Gbps for gigabit ethernet leaving you with around 3Gbps for "USB3" peripherals, which frankly, I doubt too many people are maxing out the 5Gbps of USB3 right now, for a laptop anyway. IIRC 802.11ad might be able to handle even more speed at some point.

Inductive charging isn't overly efficient, but it isn't so terrible that if you are talking a 15-20w budget for a ULT/Broadwell M laptop, it would be infeasible. I don't think you'd want to try a 30-50w inductive charging budget, but 20w should be enough to more or less keep a ULV/ULT/BW-M laptop topped off and charge it while it is sleeping/off.

It would be kind of cool, especially if it was something integrated that I could install in to a desk.
kHAn_au 23rd August 2014, 03:07 Quote
This would also allow greater IP ratings on devices- less ports and holes, less connectors to get broken from connecting and disconnecting. Faster docking and un-docking...

I love the idea, even if its just a box that sits on a desk you can make that a laptop stand that raises the screen to an ergonomic position while providing the connectivity.

Bring it on
ArcAngeL 24th August 2014, 05:43 Quote
I like the idea, but unless the device is under $70 adoption of the tech will be an uphill battle.
kHAn_au 26th August 2014, 13:21 Quote
On the topic of high power inductive charging- I saw that BMW and Daimler have made one for cars capable of 3.6kWh transfer. If they can scale it up that far surely ~50W can be achieved for laptops.
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