Dell announced that it is working with WiTricity to enable its Latitude 7285 with a removable keyboard dock to be the industry’s first 2-in-1 laptop to integrate wireless charging.
Dell plans to begin selling the laptop in June. It will have a fixed wireless receiving coil based on magnetic quality technology from WiTricity, which will fulfill with the AirFuel wireless charging specification.
Neil Hand, Dell’s vice president of Product Strategy and Innovation said, “Innovative IT teams see a future with no wires, including wireless power, as a key step toward improvements in mobility and convenience.” “WiTricity’s wireless charging technology makes it possible to integrate magnetic resonance in today’s thin, iconic computing products.”
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Dell will sell a WiTricity charging pad for the Latitude 7285, which will be cordless. It will be the first Dell product that can work with the company’s own WiGig wireless dock system.
Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity said, “Dell continues their drive to be first to market with relevant new technology. This collaboration between Dell and WiTricity is making the wireless workplace a reality for customers around the globe.” “The Dell Latitude 7285 not only enables a more productive working environment, but accelerates establishment of a broader magnetic resonance-powered wireless charging ecosystem for a wide range of devices.”
Dell plans to reveal the Latitude 7285 at the 2017 CES Show on Friday. This 2-in-1 device will be powered by Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors and have a Sharp IGZO display with up to 3K resolution. Dell plans to offer several different keyboard dock options.
WiTricity said in a statement that, “The laptop is key for the workplace of the future, enabling a wire-free environment that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also creates a more efficient and mobile office.”
Intel’s wireless charging, like Dell’s, was supposed to be based on a magnetic resonance specifications that emerged from a merger between two former competing standards groups, the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA); those groups combined to form the AirFuel Alliance, which has more than 195 members.
Research firm IHS has predicted wireless charging technology will generate $8.5 billion in revenue by 2018. That is 40 times the $216 million it generated 2013.
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