20 Feb '12, 3pm

Intel develops super efficient solar powered chip. No more burning laps!

Intel develops super efficient solar powered chip. No more burning laps!

Intel via Hot Hardware /Screen capture The power consumed by the central processing unit, or CPU, in a computer is significant, and most of it is converted to heat, which is a big design problem, causing a lot more power consumption by the fans and cooling systems. But perhaps not for much longer; Intel recently showed its Claremont chip, a standard Pentium design that was converted to the latest 32 nanometer process. It may be five to ten times more efficient, and is the first chip to run at "Near Threshold Voltage," the theoretical minimum voltage needed to switch a transistor. According to Hot Hardware , they didn't mean for it to be solar powered, but hooked it up to a small solar cell just to demonstrate how little power it actually used. According to Digital Arts, The NTV CPU is designed to bring extreme energy efficiency to computing devices, said Justin Rattner, In...

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