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Intel Unveils Solar Laptop Chipset That Can be Powered by a Desk Lamp

Posted By Brit Liggett On September 15, 2011 @ 2:10 pm In green technology,Renewable Energy | No Comments

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In the wake of Intel announcing the world’s first 3-D transistor [1] that uses 35% less energy [2] than its counterparts, the company has now decided to kick their own energy record into oblivion. The processor giant just unveiled theirĀ Haswell CPU [3], a chipset that runs on nothing but direct solar power [4] and uses 20 times less energy [2] than equally powerful chipsets. In fact, this little bugger uses so little energy it has been displayed running off the light emitted from a regular lightbulb!

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The Haswell product will be used in Intel’s “Ultrabooks”, a new group of ultra thin, fast computing machines that fit Intel’s vision of the future. This solar powered chipset does not include the rest of the computer’s hardware of course — keyboard, screen, motherboard, hard drives etc. — but the processor is a huge power drain and the upgrade in energy efficiency [2] is expected to greatly help the overall energy retention of the computer’s batteries.

The new 22-nanometer 3D-transistor architecture promises to up the computer’s battery life to 24 full hours, and 10 days of “connected standby”. Though the rest of your computer would need to be plug-in to play, the company explains that you could turn your display off and keep your processor running while synchronizing files and doing other internet-based jobs. This hounds like a computing dream to us — as our poor two year old MacBook Pro loses power [2] after just 30 minutes.

Intel says the chip will be available in 2013.

Via DVICE [5]


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[1] world’s first 3-D transistor: http://ihabitat.com/intel-unveils-3d-transistors-that-cut-energy-use-by-50/

[2] 35% less energy: http://inhabitat.com/energy

[3] Haswell CPU: http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2011/09/13/intel-ceo-outlines-companys-plans-to-lead-future-of-computing

[4] solar power: http://inhabitat.com/solar-power

[5] DVICE: http://dvice.com/archives/2011/09/intels-new-lapt.php

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