) recently inked a licensing deal with WiTricity Corp., a wireless
power transfer company, to make efficient, high performance
wireless charging solutions in an effort to do away with plugs and
cables. Neither party was available for comment.
The latest move follows Intel's recent announcement of designing
a cable-free laptop by 2016. As a part of the alliance, Intel can
integrate Witrcity's patented resonance-based charging technology
into laptops, tablets and other Intel-powered devices, which will
make it possible to wirelessly charge devices.
With the growth in the number of devices per person (tablet,
smartphone, wearables), Intel anticipates a growing demand for the
elimination of cables and plugs. This would be possible only if
devices could be charged wirelessly. So Intel is working to make
this a reality as part of its next-generation Skylake platform.
Intel's Skylake microarchitecture will follow the current
generation Broadwell and will be based on its 14nm process
technology. This could help it expand share at hardware partners
), which has expressed interest in magnetic resonance charging in
WiTricity Corporation, a Watertown-based company founded in
2007, creates devices for wireless energy transmission using
magnetic resonance. It offers end-to-end technology transfer for
companies integrating its technology into their products.
Industries such as consumer electronics, automotive, medical
devices and defense are included in its list of global
Both Intel and WiTricity are members of the organization
Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), which has developed the Rezence
specification that uses magnetic resonance for short-distance
wireless charging. A4WP also includes other leading chipmakers,
mobile device makers and other technology companies.
Intel is applying a number of strategies to increase its
foothold in mobile, wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT)
markets. The company has announced 130 design wins for Android and
Windows-based tablets that will launch this year. This will help to
reduce its dependence on the PC market, which is at present
suffering from declining sales worldwide. These are emerging areas
within the technology space where companies like Cisco,
), Apple and
) among others are trying to build a position.
Currently, Intel holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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