The gadget swarm is the gadget
Intel's wireless charging technology is expected to arrive in the second
half of 2013 in a few models of Intel-based thin notebook (ultrabook)
computers. A casual glance might lead one to think that these computers
would be charged wirelessly by sitting on some plate that is plugged
into the main electricity supply and indeed for some models that might
But the leverage comes when Intel embeds the ability to
charge nearby Intel-based smartphones from the ultrabook and denies
access to the technology to other smartphone makers.
In this way
Intel could start to use the provision of mobile charging capability on
Intel-based computers to enhance the desirability of mobile phones and
tablet computers also based on its processors.
intel-phone down on the desk next to your ultrabook and it is fully
charged and synched up when you are ready to go walkabout. Does that
sound good? But if you put your iPhone or non-Intel Android smartphone down next
to your ultrabook, or even next to your Mac notebook, it doesn't charge
up. How uncool is that?
And in this way Intel Atom processors
plus wireless charging receiver technology could start to become the
basis of a desirable platform for smartphone and tablet computer makers
at the expense of ARM and its ecosystem partners.
assumes that what Intel has is sufficiently energy efficient to be
justifiable in use and that Apple, ARM, Android supporters and others do
not have something as good or superior. It is notable that Qualcomm and Samsung formed a wireless power consortium called the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and there is also the Wireless Power Consortium trying to set Qi as a global standard so the battle lines are being drawn.
Obviously such a battle would prompt issues over standardization but it could also prompt legal arguments over "tied selling." But as
wireless charging is not a distinct market as yet Intel should have a
few years in which to benefit, if its technology indeed provides a benefit, before the authorities would enforce moves
to open access.
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