Dell launches wireless charging for laptops

Dell launches wireless charging for laptops

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 29 September 2009, 09:19 Hrs   |    7 Comments
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Dell launches wireless charging for laptops
San Francisco: Dell has unveiled its latest high end, ultra thin personal computer called 'Latitude Z'. The laptop is said to have a 16 inch display, weighing 4.5 pounds and less than one inch thick.

The laptop has a new wireless charging technology, through which it finds way into other Dell systems. The laptop needs to be placed on a special stand which generates an electromagnetic field to recharge laptop batteries in a wireless method. The stands needs to be purchased separately. Dell calls this technology as inductive charging, as it takes the same amount of time to recharge laptop batteries as an adapter, informed Steve Belt, Vice President, Business Client Engineering, Dell.

"There is a coil in the bottom of the notebook and then there's a matching coil in the stand. You set them next to each other and it generates a current that flows and charges the battery," explained Belt.

The laptop contains an ARM processor, a chip which is usually found in smartphones, to boot a laptop quickly for fast access to commonly used web applications like email and a web browser. The processor is included alongside an Intel processor, which is used to run the Windows operating system.

"The laptop is a vehicle to demonstrate some of the latest mobility features Dell could ultimately put in its business laptops. Inclusion of some of those features in further laptops will depend on how the market responds to the technologies," said Belt.

The quick boot environment, called Latitude On, enables the laptop to boot in few seconds, after which users have access to applications including e-mail, contacts, calendar and web. Based on a lightweight version of Linux, the environment reduces the need to fully boot into Windows to run certain applications.

The starting price of the laptop is $1,999.