During this year’s IDF event in San Francisco, California, Intel has presented many new and future technologies, but has also made some of the company’s future goals public. One interesting aspect discussed was absolute connectivity.
The basic idea is that integrating a wireless radio chip inside most silicon chips is now quite feasible as the design itself will take up less than 1% of the chip's overall die.
Mr. Justin Rattner, chief technology officer (CTO) of Intel reportedly
commented on the theme as follows:
"In the future, if it computes, it connects. From the simplest embedded sensors to the most advanced cloud datacenters, we are looking at techniques to allow all of them to connect without wires."
Some may wonder if this also refers to the exclusion of power cords and wires that are used to charge the devices and the reality is that many companies are planning to do this already.
’s iPhone 5 was initially supposed to be charged wirelessly by the means of a simple charging pad.
Being able to transmit power without the need of wires will be quite an achievement if the industry manages to achieve this and most devices will be charged remotely.
We still don’t consider “pad charging” as wireless. After all, the device and the pad must be placed one on top of the other.
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear “wireless charging” is a scenario where you come home, enter the door, put your briefcase or your backpack on the sofa and then go take a shower, but while doing this, your smartphone, tablet and any other gadget are charged wirelessly once inside the house.
You don’t even need to take them out of your shirt pocket or out of the briefcase as they will be charged truly wirelessly.
Moore’s Law has made this possible as the transistor density has increased tremendously while the number of transistors needed to make a radio chip has remained the same, thus the implementation costs are now greatly reduced.
Despite all of this, we still have the simple question about how much all this wireless energy will affect our bodies.
Obviously, the financial interests are strong and the strategy is “first, do it and then worry about anything else.”