Intel demos mobile chip so frugal it can be powered by wine, still recognize you by the way you walk


Mobile processors have reached the point where they are so powerful that there's rarely an app or task that uses their full capacity, not to mention the 64-bit A7's prowess that will go largely underutilized for now. The next step, however, are the super-frugal dedicated processors of the future that can power supplementary always-on endeavors like speech recognition or movement sensitivity. Motorola used a dedicated low-power chip for the speech telling abilities in its X8 chipset, while Apple made a separate M7 one for the always-on motion sensing tasks, for instance.

Such low-power processors will be needed a lot more in the future, but how little energy can they consume? Very, it turned out at Intel's Developer Forum, as the maker just demoed a chip that got powered entirely by... wine. That's right, they plunked two electrodes in a glass of red, and the chemical reaction with the acetic acid created current, which then flew to the processor, energizing it for simple tasks that will be needed on a 24/7 basis in our always-on mobile devices. 

Intel has been getting very good at lowering the power draw of its chipsets lately, and its renewed focus on mobile means only good things for us users going forward. The chip maker also demonstrated biometric ID technology that goes beyond passwords, like Apple did with Touch ID in the iPhone 5s, and recognizes you by your voice characteristics, or even by the way you walk, using accelerometers and such, so plenty of usage for those low-power dedicated processors in the not so distant future, it seems.

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13 Comments

1. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

"I can't dance, I can't talk. Only thing about me is the way I walk."

2. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Annnnnnnnnd now it's in my head x-(

3. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Now that's a PORTable phone processor.

9. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

dude.........wtf ?

10. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Hey dummy, it's a pun, that's wtf.

13. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

It's a really bad pun :-p But I could not resist.

12. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

LOOOLOLLL

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cool...

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Bye arm.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah! Now my mum has a reason to by me alcohol! (joke, not sure if funny)

7. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Intel is a Powerful company I believe they can make very low power chips if they put their minds to it.but how will they cost. One of the reasons Windows 8 and 8.1 tablets sales may lag behind Apple ipads and Android tablets is because of the cost of Intel Haswell i5 and i7 is so high. These 2 chips are the best needed to smoothly run Windows 8 or 8.1 on Tablets or Desktop PC's. the true success of Windows 8.1 tablets depends upon the cost of the Intel /Amd x86 chips that run them. even a cheap windows 8.1 8 inch tablets costs 300 dollars. the cost of Intel/AMD x86 have to go way down to compete with ARMS CPU chips

8. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

x86 FTW!

11. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

"but how little energy can they consume? Very, it turned out at Intel's Developer Forum" What, very? More power hungry than AMD's new 220W desktop CPUs? Typo there I think...

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