Intel has been talking up wireless charging for years, to the point where we thought its implementation would forever remain a concept for the lab. Not so: Intel is having Integrated Device Technology (IDT) build a real-world chipset to support resonance charging in our gadgets. The lofty goal is to have a ready-made platform for charging up a mobile device or peripheral just by keeping it close to another device with a charger built-in, such as an Ultrabook; there's none of the unseemly contact plates used with inductive wireless power. Intel's commitment is still very much early and won't put a full, two-way resonance chipset into the hands of hardware makers until sometime during the first half of 2013, let alone into a shipping product. We'll take it all the same, as it just might be the first step toward embracing wireless power on a truly large scale.
IDT and Intel Partner to Develop Integrated Silicon Solution for Intel's Wireless Charging Technology
IDT and Intel To Accelerate the Proliferation of the Wireless Charging Ecosystem Based on Resonance Technology
SAN JOSE, Calif., August 29, 2012 – Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT®) (NASDAQ: IDTI), the Analog and Digital Company™ delivering essential mixed-signal semiconductor solutions, today announced that Intel has selected IDT to develop an integrated transmitter and receiver chipset for Intel's wireless charging technology based on resonance technology. Wireless charging ICs by IDT will provide industry-leading size and cost reduction, while simplifying product development and integration. Intel, along with IDT, aims to deliver validated reference designs that are targeted for deployment in Ultrabooks™, all-in-one (AiO) PCs, smartphones, and standalone chargers.
"Our extensive experience in developing the innovative and highly integrated IDTP9030 transmitter and multi-mode IDTP9020 receiver has given IDT a proven leadership position in the wireless power market," said Arman Naghavi, vice president and general manager of the Analog and Power Division at IDT. "We welcome the advancements in resonance technology and will support its continued success by delivering the most integrated and full-featured ICs in the world. IDT is excited to collaborate with Intel and looks forward to playing a key role in the proliferation of wireless power technology, resulting in benefits for IDT customers and shareholders."
"We think the ability to have a wire-free charging experience with a broad ecosystem of devices like keyboards, mice, storage devices, cameras and smartphones will be realized in the near future," said Gary Huang, director of PC Growth and Innovation at Intel (NASDAQ: INTC). "We are delighted to work with IDT to accelerate the progress toward that vision with their unique and proven skill to integrate the required features and functionality into a monolithic solution. Customers and consumers alike have asked for a fully mobile wireless charging experience, and it is our objective to deliver it through the power of PC."
IDT is targeting samples of a resonance receiver IC by the end of the year, and the transmitter IC is expected to sample in the first half of 2013. For more information about IDT's wireless power transmitter and receiver ICs, visit www.wirelesspowerbyidt.com.