Intel closes deal with WiTricity over wireless charging

Posted on Friday, Jun 13 2014 @ 10:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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EE Times reports Intel closed a technology licensing deal with wireless charging company WiTricity. The chip giant hopes to drive adoption of the company's magnetic resonance technology. Compared to similar technologies, WiTricity's Rezence technology has the benefit that it offers more flexibility in the distance between the coupled coils.
Many available wireless charging devices are based on tightly coupled coils in a device receiver and charging transmitter, which must be closely aligned for power to pass. WiTricity’s technology, known as resonance or “Rezence,” offers more flexibility in the distance between the coils. The Intel-WiTricity partnership will allow wireless charging to be built in from the ground up and accelerate a resonance adoption as early as next year, WiTricity’s Kaynam Hedayat told EE Times.

“Intel is leveraging our expertise in magnetic resonance in terms of designing the coils and… scaling that architecture across various power levels,” said Hedayat, vice president of marketing and product management. “The partnership is really using the same experimental products Intel has been doing and extending it to real products, bringing them to market.”

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