Intel has already shown its new ninth-generation processors for high-performance laptops, but now what has happened to give new clues about an initiative called Project Athena, which goes beyond the phase of making the finest devices to focus on improving The useful life of your batteries. For manufacturers, the first requirement to join this initiative is that laptops last at least nine hours of continuous use in real conditions. Currently, most manufacturers base their estimates on tests conducted in ideal environments. Intel wants to change this with a detailed validation system that reflects the multitasking use we usually give a laptop.
To do this, the company will open three Project Athena Open Labs to help test and certify the equipment just in time for Computex. The centers will be located in Taiwan, Shanghai and California. Given that the first batch of certified equipment will arrive next year, some of them are expected to use 10nm Intel processors, while others will carry the Y and U series chips.
According to Intel, a of the solutions to avoid draining the batteries at the first change is to leave aside the panels that consume more, opting instead for the LPDT (Low Power Display Technology) of a watt, which just makes Intel with Sharp. The idea is that the equipment fitters join the plan once the screens are easier to install. Another of Project Athena’s hot spots is to improve the “response level” in systems developed together, allowing pausing heavy tasks, such as editing to 4K video, to continue when you play without the delays of the device’s security methods. This is possible thanks to the so-called “contactless access”, which uses technologies from Tobii or Mirametrix to access the system quickly.
The first time Project Athena was seen at CES 2019, and if you look At this video you can see at minute 0:58 how they play Anthem on a seemingly light and thin laptop, with no charging cable in sight This defines a bit behind the initiative: that users can trust a truly portable equipment that does not compromise its usefulness and power.