Intel-backed group looks to extend battery life


Intel-backed group looks to extend battery life

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 Mobile PC Extended Battery Life Working Group held its first meeting at the Intel Developers Forum in California to discuss organisational issues and its initial development priorities.

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

"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.

"One of the challenges collectively for us as an industry is to extend battery life beyond eight hours," Chandrasekher said. "It requires us to come together as an industry. The CPU and the chipset account for only 30% 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.

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