Laptops to Last 24 Hours on One Charge, Standby for 10 Days
By Melanie Pinola
Think you’re lucky when your laptop doesn’t die after six or even eight hours of use? Just wait until Intel’s next processor platform, code named Haswell, arrives. At the Intel Developer Forum on Tuesday, Intel claimed that the Haswell chips, slated for 2013, will offer more than 10 days of connected standby battery life and the ability to run your laptop for a full 24 hours on one charge.
Standby connected power will be decreased about 20 times over current Sandy Bridge processors. In real-life terms, this means you could put your laptop to sleep, unplugged, and it could still be working in the background, getting your emails and IMs, for ten days straight.
With 24 hours of battery life, those long-distance flights and day trips will no longer be a worry.
Before Haswell products arrive on the scene, however, we’ll see “Ivy Bridge” chips, which also use new 22-nanometer architecture. Ivy Bridge chips are due early next year as the replacement for Sandy Bridge processors and will help make laptops more power efficient as well.