Dell Joins Wireless Power Group to Promote Wireless Laptop Charging

Paul Lilly

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The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) scored a big win by adding its first major PC OEM to its ranks. That OEM is Dell, which joins an A4WP alliance that's over 80 members strong. Quite a few heavy hitters are part of the group, including Broadcomm, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, Fujitsu, HTC, LG, Panasonic, SanDisk, and more. The group's goal is to standardize a wireless power transfer protocol using near-field magnetic resonance technology.

Called "Rezence," the wireless charging standard has the ability to charge more than one device at the same time without the need for a dock. It also just got a boost in power (literally) through a secondary, higher-powered initiative focusing on wirelessly charging electronic products from 20 watts to 50 watts, which would allow the technology to be used on ultrabooks, laptops, and mid-powered appliances that extend well beyond smartphones and tablets.

"The development of magnetic resonance technology will improve the customer experience when it comes to wireless charging and bring the capability into more homes and businesses over the next few years," said Glen Robson , Dell VP and CTO. "We are excited to work with other industry leaders in the A4WP to deliver on the promise of easy, flexible wireless charging across an array of mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops."

Using near-field magentic resonance technology paves the way for wireless charging solutions to be installed into a variety of products and surfaces, such as cars and furniture.

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