Integrated Device Technology said that Intel Corp. has selected it to develop an integrated transmitter and receiver chipset for Intel’s wireless charging technology based on resonance technology. 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.
Intel first demonstrated its Wireless Resonant Energy Link (WREL) back in 2009, but since then the technology has been on hold. This technology could allow people to cut the last cord that keeps mobile devices tethered. Potentially, devices can be charged seamlessly in various public places, such as cafés or restaurants, which will significantly boost battery lives of notebooks and other electronics that consumes higher amounts of energy and require relatively frequent recharging. In addition, wireless power transfer will likely improve usability of other wireless devices like keyboards, mice, storage devices, cameras and smartphones.
“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,” added Mr. Naghavi.
Wireless charging ICs by IDT are projected to provide industry-leading size and cost reduction, while simplifying product development and integration. 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
“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,” said Gary Huang, director of PC Growth and Innovation at Intel.