This could be the battery revolution we’ve been waiting for for so long

Will there soon be more battery life from Intel?  (Image: Adobe Stock - Sommart)

Will there soon be more battery life from Intel? (Image: Adobe Stock – Sommart)

At the Hot Chips Conference at Stanford University, Intel presented a new technology that could have a positive effect on your battery life.

But for now, Intel is keeping the technology to itself. In the long run, however, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Intel & AI vs. empty batteries

From a hardware perspective, not much will change with the 14th generation of Intel Core processors. The update was described as a “big disappointment” by Digital Trends, for example.

But there is a glimmer of hope, as PCWorld reports. The new Meteor Lake chips should be able to use artificial intelligence to manage power consumption and the transition between active and power-saving states

Intel calls it the “Intel Energy Efficiency Architecture” and it’s hard to assume that this technology will be used in future Intel devices.

What does the technology do?

In short: It makes your processor react faster while consuming less power.

But how does it work exactly? In order to increase the performance of a processor, more energy is usually added to make it work at higher speeds. However, the CPU must monitor when a task is finished before putting the processor into a power-saving mode.

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This concept is called Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS). The challenge lies in determining the optimal operating frequency of the processor.

»We attach great importance to a quick reaction when we interact with the computer. We want immediate action and not wait too long«

–  Efraim Rotem, Design Engineering Group von Intel

The new AI-supported algorithm in turn, can understand and predict users’ behavior when opening websites and completing tasks. It has proven itself in various applications by independently learning behavior patterns that are more detailed than originally programmed by Intel.

Thanks to AI, the Meteor Lake processors are said to offer a 35 percent increase in responsiveness, measurable by the time it takes to switch to a high-energy state.

Precisely controlling the transition to a power-saving mode can also result in significant energy savings of up to 15% compared to older configurations.

Editorial opinion

Jan Stahnke

Even though there is currently talk of “only” 15 percent energy savings, I am very happy about this little announcement. Because there have been no major improvements or even tech revolutions in the area of ​​battery life for a long time.

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Intel is taking a first step in the right direction to breathe a little more life back into lithium-ion batteries.

Only Intel so far? Yes, so far only Intel has announced such technology and yes, 15 percent is not necessarily the many days more battery life that many would probably like. But when I consider that these are the first attempts at battery enhancement with AI, I am confident that we are in for a small revolution here.

Especially when other manufacturers – especially smartphone providers – discover this technology and develop and improve their own variants.

Because one thing is certain: AI will not become less relevant over time. Rather the opposite.

More good news from Intel: Your graphics cards are getting faster and faster:

If Intel continues like this, Nvidia and AMD have to be careful: Arc is up to 63 percent faster

Can Intel continue to take advantage of the upswing? What potential is hidden in Intel’s AI algorithm? How satisfied are you with your devices and their battery life? Is it time for you to do something about batteries? As always, write us your opinions and experiences in the comments below!

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