The Alliance for Wireless Power is on a roll. Mere weeks after announcing a standards partnership with the Power Matters Alliance, the group added Dell to its list of backers on Thursday. Not so coincidentally, the A4WP also announced a new initiative to extend its “Rezence” magnetic resonance technology to devices that drink a bit more juice than mobile devices.
The A4WP’s new higher-powered initiative targets charging devices ranging from 20 to 50 watts, a.k.a. consumer laptops.
“Extending the Rezence specification to include higher-power, more capable devices like Ultrabooks and 2-in-1’s is a necessary evolution that will help to accelerate charging station installations and bring a truly enjoyable ‘No Wires’ user experience to more users,” Sanjay Vora, the general manager of Strategic Planning for Intel’s PC Client Group, said in the A4WP’s press release.
That lofty ideal isn’t quite there yet, though. While a small legion of companies have signed on with the Alliance for Wireless Power (including Qualcomm, Samsung, HTC, Broadcom, LG, and Panasonic), a Rezence-powered product has yet to actually hit the streets. And even if A4WP merges its standards with the PMA, there’s that pesky Qi consortium competing for mainstream attention with its own spin on wireless charging, and its inductive charging can already befoundinnumeroussmartphones.
Yes, a single wireless charging standard would be swell. Nevertheless, the idea of charging your notebook sans charger is downright drool-worthy. With the “first major PC original equipment manufacturer” on board the A4WP’s vision, a truly cable-free laptop lifestyle just took a baby step closer to becoming reality.
Brad Chacos spends his days digging through desktop PCs and tweeting too much. He specializes in graphics cards and gaming, but covers everything from security to Windows tips and all manner of PC hardware.