Next Gen Intel Chips Allow for 24 Hours on Single Charge

Intel is working on its next generation of processors and from what we hear, the power requirements will be much less which in turn means that the battery life in a laptop can be extended further. When Intel launches the Haswell architecture in 2013 they estimate that battery life on a laptop using these chips will be a full day (24 hours).

To add to that impressive 24 hours (assuming they fulfil that promise), Intel has also said that there will be 10 days of connected standby achievable.

To make this possible the chip company has managed to use a 22 nanometer 3D transistor architecture that consumes over 20 times less than current Intel processors. To put this in to perspective, that makes it possible to power the chip with a solar cell.

A demonstration run yesterday managed to demonstrate this. A Windows based computer was powered by a solar cell that was absorbing light from a light bulb. One thing to note here is that this is the CPU that is being powered by solar. What this means is that the battery can be left to power other functions such as the screen of the device. If the battery runs flat then you lose the screen, but the PC can keep running in the background as the CPU will still be powered by solar. This is in concept of course.

Earlier I mentioned that this new chip could see a PC powered for 10 days on connected standby. What this means is that WiFi can be active along side the CPU and can download tweets, emails, files on Dropbox/Evernote for example and stay in that state for 10 days without a charge.

Although Haswell wont launch till 2013, Intel will be launching Ivy Bridge next year which also has a few decent changes such as bringing reduced power requirements. Also, Intel will put DirectX and OpenGL direct on the chip to increase performance and decrease power requirements.


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