IDF - Intel-backed group looks to extend battery life

Facing greater power demands on laptops from technologies such as wireless networking, Intel has lined up a consortium of hardware makers to work on developing batteries, fuel cells and related technologies that offer longer battery life for mobile computers.

The group, called the Mobile PC Extended Battery Life Working Group, held its first meeting here on Wednesday to discuss organizational issues and its initial development priorities.

Alongside Intel, executives from Acer Inc., Asustek Computer Inc., Compal Electronics Inc., Dell Computer Corp., First InternationalComputer Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Inventec Corp., Legend Group Ltd., LG Electronics Inc., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., Microsoft Corp., NEC Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Toshiba Corp., Quanta Computer Inc. and Wistron Corp. are working together to find ways to extend the life of laptop batteries up to eight hours or more on a single charge, according to a senior Intel executive.

"We have to expand the focus beyond the processor alone," said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and co-general manager of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group, in a speech to hardware makers at the Intel Developer Forum here on Tuesday.

"One of the challenges collectively for us as an industry is to extend battery life well beyond eight hours," Chandrasekher said. "It requires us to come together as an industry. The CPU (central processing unit) and the chipset account for only 30 percent of the power consumption of the (laptop) platform."

The first products resulting from the group's work are expected to hit the market in 2004, Chandrasekher said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sumner Lemon

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?