Dell Adds Wireless Battery Charging to Innovative Laptop

Dell introduced the Latitude Z business laptop, which launched includes a new wireless charging technology that could ultimately find its way into supplementary Dell systems, the company said on Tuesday.

The Latitude Z can be located on a particular stand that generates an electromagnetic ground to recharge laptop batteries wirelessly. The technology, which Dell calls inductive charging, takes the similar amount of time to recharge laptop batteries as an AC adapter, said Steve Belt [CQ], vice president of business customer engineering at Dell.

There is a loop in the bottom of the notebook and then there’s a matching coil in the place. You set them next to each other and it generates a current that flows and charges the battery series, Belt supposed.

This is the 1st instance Dell has included wireless recharging in its laptops. The recharging stand must be bought separately, however, as an elective extra. The technology could help decrease the dependency on power adapters conventionally used to recharge laptops.

Dell is also addition new hardware that will permit the laptop to boot rapidly while giving it “forever-on” capabilities alike to those in a smart-phone. The laptop includes an Arm processor — a kind of chip more often found in smart-phones – to boot a laptop speedily for fast access to commonly used Web submissions like e-mail and a Web browser. The processor is including built-in alongside an Intel processor which is used to run the Windows OS.

The laptop is a vehicle to demonstrate several of the latest mobility features Dell could eventually put in more of its business laptops, Belt supposed. Insertion of some of those features in further laptops will depend on how the marketplace responds to the technologies.

Wireless charging is already being used in a number of consumer electronics similar to mobile phones. For instance, Palm sells a kit to recharge its Palm Pre smart-phone using inductive charging, also known as inductive combination. Comparable technology is being used to recharge electronic toothbrushes and smooth power tools.

The laptop can also attach to an optional wireless wharf via ultra wide band technology, allowing users to move around the room with the laptop exclusive of being tethered by wires. The wharf, in turn, connects to peripherals using wires. It has a DVI (digital visual interface) port to attach to a monitor, and USB ports to attach to peripherals similar to keyboards, printers and mice.

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