01-07-2013, 08:49 PM #1
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Intelís New Core Chips Could Power 20% Thinner MacBook Airs For 13 Hours [CES 2013]
LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 Ė There was a lot of nonsense being spouted at Intelís presser today here in Las Vegas, but what isnít nonsense is their next-generation Core chip technology, which could make a 20% lighter and thinner MacBook Air with 13-hour battery life a reality by the end of the year, or a Retina MacBook Pro with nine hours battery life. Wow.
Intel was caught with their pants down a few yearís ago when the priority in computing shifted from pure processing power, where Intel was unmatched, to mobile friendly chips that can take you through the better part of the day on a single charge.
Intelís been playing catch-up ever since after being strongly rebuked by Apple for the power consumption of their chips, but today, Intel announced some chips that should make even Apple happy.
First, in the existing generation of Core processors, Intel has a few new chips that are a good match for ultrabooks that sip just 7 watts of power. Considering the current i5 processor in the MacBook Air actually sucks up 17 watts of power, thatís a massive savings: the MacBook Air next-generation could have the same battery life of your iPad. Wow.
Intel didnít give clockspeed for these new 7W cores, though, so they may very well not be suitable for the MacBook Air. The good news, however, is that Intelís also got the fourth-gen Core processors coming, and they expect that these processors will give nine hours of battery life to even more powerful machines.
In other words, itís looking like a good year for Mac notebooks. MacBook Pros could get nine-hour battery life thanks to the fourth-generation Cores, while the MacBook Air could get Intelís new 7W chips and last even longer. Thatís rad news for anyone.
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