New Intel CPUs to improve battery life

Summary: Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini kicked off IDF 2011 by promising 30% less power consumption, 24-hour battery life and more than 10 days of connected standby from their new range of Haswell processors.

The next generation of processors from Intel, codenamed Haswell, will offer significantly lower power consumption than their current designs, Paul S. Otellini, Intel president and CEO said during his keynote address at Intel Developer Forum 2011 in San Francisco.

Otellini revealed these details about their upcoming architecture while punting the (now trademarked) Ultrabook form factor.

Ultrabooks are probably best described as notebooks similar to Apple’s MacBook Air: Devices that are thin, lightweight, and have a long-lasting battery.

According to Otellini the “Ultrabook (TM)” is the “most satisfying and complete computer experience” that offers all the above benefits at mainstream prices.

To deliver on their vision of the Ultrabook, Otellini said that Intel has developed a roadmap, which includes Intel’s next generation of processor.

Otellini said that design on this Haswell architecture has been completed and that it will “reduce platform power by a factor of more than 20 times.”

Answering the understandable question of what this means exactly, Otellini explained that ultrabooks would be able to get a whole day of usage and over 10 days of connected standby.

He added that Haswell will offer this “without compromising what you’ve come to expect from a notebook computer.”

It will be interesting to see how Haswell-based computers stack up against ARM machines running Windows when both device types eventually hit the market.

Speaking once again to Microsoft’s announcement that the next version of Windows won’t just be running on Intel’s architecture, but ARM as well, Otellini said “Windows 8 on Intel architecture will transform the computing experience.”

This is because it will maintain the backwards compatibility that “over a billion users worldwide demand, Otellini said.

Jan Vermeulen is a guest of Intel at IDF 2011

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