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06 February 2008

Oh, chip!

A new chip being developed at MIT uses so little power, it could enable sensors, communication devices and other gadgets to run on body heat and movement alone - no batteries needed. From the article at Wired's website:
Intel's newest mobile platform, SilverThorne, cuts power consumption to less than 2 watts. That's less than one-fifth of any previous offerings and one-eighth the power draw of ballyhooed products like the MacBook Air's new chip, which draws 17 watts. The MIT team's chip uses between 1 and 100 microwatts.
(For those who don't keep up, it takes a million microwatts to make one watt.)

If these things don't take off, I think the first place we should look is to see if Energizer, Duracell or Rayovac had something to do with their failure.

  • On 2/06/2008 1:49 PM, Blogger Hammer said…

    That will be fantastic. Less power less heat, longer component life and less wasted energy.

     
  • On 2/06/2008 7:54 PM, Blogger Jen of A2eatwrite said…

    This could be very exciting! And yes, I'll be interested to see what the big battery companies do...

     
  • On 2/06/2008 9:51 PM, Blogger Diesel said…

    They need to work on cramming more microwatts into a watt. Come on people, we've put a man on the moon!

    BTW, Monkeyhands WAS a Brit. By way of India, but yes, he was British. F***ing wanker.

     
  • On 2/07/2008 12:21 PM, Blogger heels said…

    They're not going to shut it down! How else do you expect the government to power the tracking chips we'll all have implanted? Duh!

     

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