Intel Foresees a Future Without PC Cables

Intel wants to clean up my coworker's rat's nest.

Intel wants to clean up my coworker’s rat’s nest.

Now in its 34th year, Computex has become one of the largest and most popular computer expos for technology fans around the world. Over 130,000 visitors and 1,700 exhibitors make the annual trip to Taipei to catch up on the latest news, get a sneak peek at upcoming gadgets, and watch keynote presentations from all the biggest technology brands. Not one to disappoint their audience, Intel made a bold prediction at this year’s event: There will be no need for PC cables by the year 2016.

According to Intel’s Senior Vice President, Kirk Skaugen, their next-generation platform – codenamed  “Skylake” – will have no need for PC cables. Using a new protocol called WiGig, screens and other peripherals will be able to connect wirelessly at speeds of up to 7Gbps whenever a tablet or laptop is within range. When connected, users will be able to project what’s on their device to any screen that is linked to their system.

For power, Intel has partnered up with Rezence, a wireless power transfer technology based on the principles of magnetic resonance. By installing a charging system underneath a table’s surface, any device that is placed on top of it will conduct a charge. Also, unlike most charging mats that can only charge one device at a time, Rezence is able to charge as many as you can fit on top of the surface – even if it’s through two-inches of wood.

As the line between PCs, laptops, tablets, and phones keeps getting more blurred; the future may only require you have one device for everything you do. Imagine docking your phone in your car for GPS navigation, on your desk at work for doing your job, and next to your TV at home to watch your favorite movie. It may sound farfetched, but 2016 is right around the corner and if you’re anything like Intel’s president, you’re looking forward to it.

“The lines between technology categories are blurring as the era of integrated computing takes hold where form factor matters less than the experience delivered when all devices are connected to each other and to the cloud. Whether it’s a smartphone, smart shirt, ultra-thin 2-in-1, or a new cloud service delivered to smart buildings outfitted with connected systems, [we] have the opportunity to accelerate and deliver the value of a smart, seamlessly connected and integrated world of computing.”

– Renée James, Intel Corporation President

Are you looking forward to a future without cables or will you miss your rat’s nest?

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7 Responses to Intel Foresees a Future Without PC Cables

  1. Impulse405 June 6, 2014 at 6:21 am #

    I really dont see this coming to fruition that fast. Plus networking will remain hardline for those discerning types. Plus wireless power is still very inefficient at transmission. Its a nice idea but wires for some things are going to be staying for a long time

    • fiddlestix June 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

      According to this,
      http://www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com/technology/transfer-efficiency.html ,
      it’s possible to have greater to 90% efficiency with wireless

      • Brian Flowers June 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

        Only if the distance between the coils is less than a tenth of their diameter. For a standard tablet, the case will probably be thicker than that! And if you have to put your devices right on top of the charging pad, we can easily make pads with physical contacts that would be near 100% transmission efficiency.

        Wireless power is a joke.

  2. madpozbro June 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    “Imagine docking your phone in your car for GPS navigation, on your desk at work for doing your job, and next to your TV at home to watch your favorite movie. It may sound farfetched, but 2016 is right around the corner and if you’re anything like Intel’s president, you’re looking forward to it.” Under the right circumstances, this was already possible. You, would think “Intel” would already know that.

  3. Jason Aardsma June 7, 2014 at 8:28 am #

    Gaming + Wireless = Not very good. But I can see major benefits in a lot of other scenarios.

  4. Penndawg June 7, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    I’m not sure about a wireless solution. As a gamer, I will always trust wired peripherals. I can’t imagine the latency that would result from Input (Mouse/Keyboard) -> System (PC) -> Output (Monitor), all in a wireless setting. This could definitely be an awesome office/casual computing solution, but certainly not an all-encompassing one.

  5. Sarkazmo June 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    Wires are cheap, reliable, simple, efficient, secure, and quite resistant to interference. Induction power would be an additional source of constant electromagnetic radiation. Don’t we already have enough EM around us all the time from what we already use? Just because there’s a new way of doing something doesn’t mean that it’s automatically a better way of doing something.

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