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IDF: three wireless technologies that will make your life easier

Elias Plastiras | Sept. 11, 2014
One of the big things to come out of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, is the prospect of wire-free computers starting from next year. Intel stated that its reference design for the Skylake platform, which is the codename for the 2015 version of the Core processor, will be fully wireless. This means wireless docking, wireless displays, and, most importantly, wireless charging.

WiGig is a docking technology that can be used to wirelessly connect to displays, storage devices, and other peripherals. It's a short-range technology that requires line of sight to work, but it's a very fast technology — Intel stats that transfer rates are three times faster than 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Initially, it will be released for corporate devices. Intel sees it as an ideal way to dock a laptop in a no-fuss way, and also as a technology that can facilitate quick point-to-point file transfers between devices.

While WiDi and WiGig aren't exactly new technologies, together with wireless charging, they form the vision that Intel has for the future of mobile computing. It's not enough for gear to get thinner and lighter, especially if you still have to carry around bulky cables and power adapters. The Skylake platform will be the first to allow you to potentially leave cables behind, at least between the home and office.


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