Intel, the world?s largest semiconductor chip maker, announced on Wednesday during a tech show in Taiwan that they are planning to make true cable-free computers come 2016. Intel?s Senior Vice President for PC Client Group, Kirk Skaugen, said that this will be made possible with the introduction of their post-Bradwell platform codenamed ?Skylake.?
According to Skaugen, Intel Corporation is optimistic that they will be able to dominate the PC industry once cable-free computers are launched. The company is said to be working on technological innovations that will pave the way for a wireless and clutter-free computing experience. Skaugen further mentioned during the Computex Show in Taipei that they intend to make power cords, peripheral cables, and display connectors obsolete.
Detailing Intel?s strategy for a revolutionary cable-free computer, the company is apparently planning to do so by utilizing their upcoming Skylake platform ? a CPU reference design that is expected to replace the current Broadwell platform.
Skylake will be able to use WiGig, which is distinct from Wi-fi in a way that the former is capable of connecting devices within a shorter range (about 10 meters only). However, WiGig is capable of delivering speeds close to 7 GBps as opposed to Wi-fi?s mere 1.3 GBps. In theory, it will help turn the dream of cable-free computers to reality by beaming data to computer peripherals (i.e. keyboards, monitors) fast enough to allow HD display and bulk data transfer.
Although the idea of a truly wireless and cable-free computer is wildly desirable, it has been hindered by the practical necessity for physical connection and the more pressing need for electrical power. In recent years, developments in that area have been remarkable and led to a fierce competition between hardware manufacturers. However, a handful of tech companies have formed an alliance to better address the need for wireless charging and ensure multi-platform compatibility ? the alliance of agreeing parties is called A4WP.
The A4WP includes major tech entities such as Dell Inc., Lenovo Group Limited, Panasonic Corporation, Fujitsu Limited, Logitech International SA, Asus, and Toshiba Corp.
Skaugen demonstrated a new device called Rezence. It is a wireless charging device that complies with the A4WP standard for magnetic resonance technology. Users may be able to benefit from Rezence?s magnetic resonance charging by installing it under a table and placing their devices on top of it; the technology will be able to penetrate even through a two-inch thick, wooden table.
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