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Apr 12, 2001


Slide from Intel's Haswell preview (Source: Gizmodo)
Intel today previewed its future "Haswell" family of low-power processors at its Intel Developer Forum, showing how the line of chips planned for a 2013 debut will be able to dramatically increase power efficiency to increase battery life on its so-called "Ultrabook" systems.
[Intel CEO Paul] Otellini also described the new class of platform power management in development for the 2013 "Haswell" products for Ultrabooks. The advances in silicon technology and platform engineering are expected to reduce idle platform power by more than 20 times over current designs without compromising computing performance. Otellini said he expects that this design change, combined with industry collaboration, will lead to more than 10 days of connected standby battery life by 2013. The advancements will aid in delivery of always-on-always-connected computing where Ultrabooks stay connected when in standby mode, keeping the e-mail, social media and digital content up-to-date.
Intel demonstrated the low-power nature of the Haswell platform by rigging up a prototype Haswell system running off a solar cell powered by light bulbs and other ambient light. Full systems based on Haswell will obviously contain many other components that will increase the power draw, but it is clear that Intel is taking power consumption seriously as it seeks to facilitate thinner and longer-running notebook systems running on a platform that can compete head-to-head with the efficiency of the ARM chips used in many smartphones and tablets today.


Intel demonstration of Haswell system running on solar power (Source: This is my next)

Article Link: Intel Previews Low-Power 'Haswell' Processors for 2013


macrumors 6502
Apr 6, 2008
Is it just me or does that lab coat just look ridiculous? Is that what he wears in the office?


Moderator emeritus
Jul 28, 2003
Citizens Bank Park
It's good to see power consumption is a priory. For most people current processors are fast enough for the foreseeable future. I'm sure that will change at some point (maybe even sooner rather than later), but a faster CPU won't make a difference for me right now. Longer battery, on the other hand, will absolutely be an improvement I'd notice.


macrumors newbie
Jul 15, 2008
We'll all be driving flying cars by 2013! And of course, nothing comes out on time. This gives the ARM architecture at least another year to increase it's foothold.


macrumors G4
Feb 5, 2009
More like "Hasbeen."

ARM is the future, and Intel knows this. In fact they're quite desperate to dispel this notion.


Staff member
Feb 1, 2005
Twin Cities Minnesota
Intel Article said:
Worley introduced McAfee's new DeepSAFE technology platform that works with hardware capabilities found in the Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors. DeepSAFE technology provides new levels of security and a different vantage point by operating below the operating system. This technology will launch in a McAfee enterprise product later this year.

For some reason this really worries me. A new level of possible access for attackers to compromise? :eek:


macrumors 6502
Mar 24, 2010
If thats not the has well running on solar power, then why are we wasting our time looking at this story. Lawl


macrumors 6502
Jun 23, 2009
Ottawa, Canada
Great idea, leave wi-fi on and receive emails while "off". Have to use the same technology on the wi-fi chips though, and SSDs too. More ideas from the iPad.


macrumors 68020
Aug 17, 2010
In America
so.. 24hour battery life in MacBook Pros/Airs in about a couple years?
And I thought nothing could beat my 7hrs. I know when i'll be upgrading!
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