Intel Aims To Eliminate All PC Cables, Starting Next Year

PC cables will be a thing of the past if Intel has its way with Skylake, the company's next-generation micro-architecture. At the Computex 2014 trade show this week in Taiwan, Intel revealed how Skylake would enable the use of wireless docking and even wireless power transfer. Different standards would be used for each of the wireless capabilities but they would come together in the company's processors.

Skylake will serve as the successor to Broadwell, Intel's coming processor platform that was also on display at Computex. Once Skylake is released, data and power cables to any number of devices will disappear. With this technology, the personal computer could be free from the majority of cables within the next few years and wireless capabilities will then extend beyond desktops as more companies become involved.

Upgraded Charging

It has long been a dream of some futurists that power delivery systems will be built into surfaces like walls and tables, providing easy ways to charge devices. Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president at Intel, demonstrated during Computex how wireless power delivery would work and gave those same futurists a glimpse of their dream. Using a magnetic resonance charging technology called Rezence, devices can be charged if they are in contact with a table that is outfitted with the technology.

Rezence has been promoted by the Alliance 4 Wireless Power (A4WP), which includes companies like Dell, Lenovo, Panasonic and Intel. The technology could be useful since magnetic resonance charging can take place through 2 inches of wood. Plus, multiple devices can be charged at the same time, all without cords.

Skaugen said Intel was working with a range of partners to integrate Rezence in a variety of devices outside of desktop computers. Phones, tablets, and laptops could all work perfectly with Rezence, but a timeline for that level of integration was...

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