Intel to launch wireless charging for ultrabooks & smartphones?

Firm set to release new system that delivers power wirelessly to portable devices

Intel is reportedly gearing up to launch a wireless charging system for both ultrabooks and smartphones next year, sources told Digitimes.

The chipmaker hopes to integrate the technology into devices by the second half of 2013.

Intel’s system will coax power from an ultrabook and wirelessly deliver it to a smartphone via a transmitter.

According to the source, rival manufacturers are planning to follow suit: “In addition to Intel, there are already several smartphone players and telecom carriers aggressively developing wireless charging technology.

“Japan-based NTT Docomo and Sharp both previously launched smartphones with wireless charging functions that meet the Wireless Power Consortium's (WPS) Qi standard, but high prices are still creating barriers that distance consumers.”

Sources: Digitimes