Wireless charging technology has finally become viable, although not yet widespread as it’s rather slow. That’s where Freescale’s new gadget comes in.
Most wireless charging gadgets today are great for charging smartphones and tablets overnight, but really fall short when we’re in a hurry and need charge fast. Most of them have a charge rate of 5 watts, which chip manufacturer Freescale claims they’ll be able to triple with their new charging unit.
These chargers (which will release in early 2015) will recharge devices at a 15 Watts rate, effectively cutting charge time by three, getting our gadgets back to 100% in just a couple hours. In Dennis Cabrol’s words, who is Freescale’s Director of Global Marketing and Business Development:
Today’s mobile products offer a broader range of features, functionality and form factors than ever before, requiring developers of wireless charging systems to accommodate larger batteries and enable faster recharge speeds. Freescale’s industry-first 15 W solution is engineered to address these evolving market requirements, while helping to streamline product development and unleash design creativity.
This new technology is already underways and it’s expected we’ll see the first consumer devices using it midway through 2015. Freescale has already mentioned their intention to keep researching, getting the wattage higher and charge times smaller, so this is only the beginning.
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