MediaTek announce world's first multimode wireless charging solution, charge wirelessly regardless of equipment and standards

MediaTek announce world's first multimode wireless charging solution, charge wirelessly regardless of equipment and standards
After introducing the world's first true octa-core mobile CPU, Taiwan-based MediaTek is leading the pack again. At CES 2014, the company announced that it has successfully developed multimode receiver technology for inductive and resonant wireless charging. According to the chip-maker, resonance charging offers "significant advantages" in comparison with traditionally used inductive chargers. For example, it lets you place the device anywhere in relation to the charging station, or even in another room, instead of aiming for a precise spot. It also has the ability to charge multiple devices of varying form factors and power consumption from a single charger coil.

The resonance method seems to be what wireless charging was about in the first place - glorious cable-less freedom. But if you were an early adopter of devices with inductive chargers, worry not - MediaTek's invention also allows charging from both existing inductive chargers and upcoming resonance chargers. Apart from a new level of user comfort, the advancement in technology could bring wider adoption of wireless charging, which has been slow due to competing standards. According to analyst Ryan Sanderson at IHS, the number of wireless charging receivers shipped to the market, which was 20 million in 2013, could reach 700 million by 2018.

While it's early to tell whether MediaTek's advancement will make wireless charging a de-facto standard, the technology, at least on paper, has the potential to do so. Who would want the hassle of wall-chargers and battery packs if the device could be left anywhere and literally charged over the air?

For those of you curious about more details on resonance charging, MediaTek's Director of Strategic Marketing, Mark Estabrook, has penned a 15-page technical presentation, available here.

source: MediaTek

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15 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Wow, mediatek are really plying out the big guns!

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Mediatek is on a roll...

3. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

that is the innovation !!!

4. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

awesome !!!! Qualcomm is getting scared of mediatek now they didnt announce anything new at CES .. its going to be a interesting battle

5. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Awesome !!

6. blinkdagger

Posts: 81; Member since: May 04, 2012

When I go through high end specifications and read the processor is MTK something. My reaction usually "pfft, mehh, nahh." But I guess Mediatek has a great potential. New competition is always welcome.

7. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Awesome but I'm kinda worried about the safteyness while using this methoed.

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

If I'm a smartpone manufacturer, I'll make sure my devices run on Mediatek hardware (and in rare cases, Intel hardware)

11. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Thank god you are not a smartphone manufacturer

14. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Why not?

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice Mediatek, really nice.

10. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

People always fail to realize that any kind of wireless charging regardless of implementation will induce a certain amount of energy loss as compared with wall chargers. Why even waste energy in the first place for the sole purpose of comfort?

12. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Good feature. But please fix the GPS problem.

13. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

the chip technology is so advance lately, from Samsung that use big.little architecture, apple use 64-bit cpu, nvidia tegra with gpu 192-bit , mediatek released true octa core cpu and now developing true wireless charging , and intel is pushing 14nm chip i think Qualcomm will announce and release something soon too

15. aoke.george

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 20, 2014

hey guys, there is George from China, who do the wireless charger business. if somebody want to purchased any QI wireless charger transmitter or receiver. Pls add my skype:yang.geogre or sent a email to yang.george@outlook.com Best regards

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