Despite long-held expectations that new wireless charging-enabled laptop PCs would be announced at the recent Computex 2016 event in Taipei, it seems the wait still continues. Even though there were a number of demonstrations and accessory announcements that instilled hope that products might come later this year no specific announcements of production-ready wirelessly charged laptops were made.
IHS Technology analysts have prepared the following roundup of key wireless power related developments for laptops from Computex 2016:
New monitors from ASUS. ASUS unveiled two new monitors, one of which was the Designo Curve MX34VQ monitor with an integrated Qi wireless charging pad located at the base of the monitor. Samsung announced a similar monitor with an integrated wireless charging transmitter in August 2015. Increasing penetration of these kinds of non-standalone chargers ensures consumers will enjoy a seamless and intuitive wireless charging experience. In fact, preliminary findings from the IHS 2016 Wireless Charging Consumer Insight Survey show that more than half (54 percent) of all smartphone users chose their work desk as the second most common location for them to charge their device, after their home. This shows the huge potential for wireless charging transmitters like the Designo Curve MX34VQ from ASUS to penetrate the market.
WiTricity charging solution. The announcement that came closest to a production-ready wireless charging laptop came from WiTricity. The company demonstrated a magnetic-resonance-based wireless-charging station, using a Dell laptop. The company claimed it can deliver up to 30 watts (W) of power, which is more than enough to charge most popular laptops available in the market today. WiTricity could not confirm when these laptops will be launched, but momentum is building.
Gill Electronics charging solution. Gill Electronics also demonstrated a wireless charging solution that was similar to the one announced by WiTricity, but using a Lenovo laptop and using magnetic-resonance technology. More details on this product are expected to come out at the annual Lenovo Tech World industry event in San Francisco.
Further announcements of magnetic-resonance laptop-charging products are still expected later in the year, although time is running out to launch products (and achieve a meaningful volume of shipments) before the back-to-school season starts and holiday demand begins. The market potential for these products is high, as the latest IHS wireless power market forecasts reveal that more than 600 million magnetic-resonance receivers and transmitters are expected to ship in 2025.
With magnetic-resonance products still expected to launch on laptops ahead of mobile phone solutions, and with continued momentum for inductive solutions in other applications, 2016 is building on the wireless-charging momentum from last year.
More analysis from IHS: Wireless Power Intelligence Service