New Intel Chips Could Potentially Offer 24 Hours Of Battery Life In A MacBook


The latest mobile processor chips from Intel could result in laptop computers like the MacBook Air having dramatically longer battery life than current generation models (via 9to5Mac). The new Haswell chips, the successor to the Sandy Bridge architecture processors found in the current generation Macs, consume 20 times less power than the current line up of processors.  The new chips were showcased today at an Intel Developer Forum.

The new chips are also faster than the current generation of Sandy Bridge processors and operate in such a lower power state that they can be run by batteries charged by ambient light sources even while operating.  The new chips are scheduled to launch in 2013 which, when combined with battery technology improvements and novel charging methods, could see a whole new generation of MacBooks appear.

Of course, Apple’s own ARM chips can also operate in an extremely low power state which, if used with a comparable size of battery, could potentially result in equivalent battery life. The development of improved speed and power requirements of ARM chips is therefore likely to rival that of Intel in the coming years as both companies look at new ways of transforming how laptop devices operate.

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  • Joe

    I don’t think so. Let’s do some math

    Current Sandy bridge chip uses about 25W. Screen 15 W. WiFi 15 W. Hard disk 15 W. Probably 5 W for RAM. Add in a few other components and the CPU is 25 W out of a total of at least 75 W. So 1/3 of the power usage is the CPU. If the Mac currently gets 10 hours, then even if you reduce the CPU power consumption to zero, you only increase battery life to 15 hours.

    Furthermore, I don’t believe the ’20 times less power’ claim is accurate. That’s best case scenario. Under more typical conditions, Haswell reduces power consumption by around 30-50% – which means that a MBP goes from 10 hours to about 12.