Intel recently joined the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), one of the competing standards that hopes to win the wireless power wars. Its biggest competitor is Qi, which was created by the Wireless Power Consortium and currently offers wireless charging for devices like the Nexus 4, Galaxy S4 (with the accessory), Lumia 920 and more. Other members of the Alliance for Wireless Power include Qualcomm, Broadcom, Samsung and others, though Samsung has used Qi for its current devices because those are shipping right now.
“Intel believes the A4WP specification, particularly the use of near-field magnetic resonance technology, can provide a compelling consumer experience and enable new usage models that make device charging almost automatic,” the company said in a statement. “In joining A4WP, we look forward to working alongside other member companies and contributing to standards that help fuel an ecosystem of innovative solutions capable of simultaneously charging a range of devices, from low-power accessories to smartphones, tablets and Ultrabooks.”
A4WP hopes to build wireless charging technology into vehicles and other places where it’s not currently available. The company also advertises “spacial freedom” which means your device doesn’t necessarily have to sit on the charging plate, but can be obstructed. Imagine a desk with wireless charging built-in, for example, where you wouldn’t need to actually put a smartphone directly on top of a plate, as is the case with Qi right now.