Intel and Panasonic announced at IDF a newly designed notebook battery that promises to dramatically improve the operation time of notebooks. The device increases overall capacity from a typical 2.0 ampere hours (Ah) in mainstream batteries to 2.9 Ah. This compares to about 2.4 Ah in so called advanced notebooks and about 2.6 Ah in high-end devices.
According to Intel, the new battery is not limited to tied to Intel-based notebooks and potentially can increase the operation time of notebooks to about 8 hours. A low-power Panasonic notebook prototype shown at IDF even promised up to 12 hours of battery time. The firms did not say when the new Li-Ion battery design will be available in commercial products. (THG)