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article imageIntel demonstrates red-wine-powered processor at IDF

By Milton Este     Sep 17, 2013 in Technology
In recent years, Intel has made many leaps forward in the area of efficient computing. Working on several different angles from the fourth generation Haswell processors to a more mobile Intel Atom processor, Intel has amazed us again.
Forget about turning water into wine or wine into gold. Intel has done the next best thing, turning red wine into processing power. Similar to drawing electricity from a potato or lemon to power a clock, Intel is essentially doing the same thing.
Intel's Dr. Genevieve Bell states:
Some people turn water into wine, here at Intel, we're turning wine into electricity. It's possible to start imagining a world of incredibly low power but also with high performance, which will help unburden us, help us do things that are remarkable and gives the ability to power things like constant sensing, communication, and computing, all of which are necessary for our mobile future.
To support her statement, Dr. Bell demonstrated this on the third day at Intel's Developer Forum (IDF). Electrodes were placed into a glass filled with red wine. The reaction involving the wine's acetic acid produced a current to power a processor. This experiment shows how little power computers and sensors could run on.
The Intel research team envisioned:
Today, we're not here to talk about watts. We're not even here to talk about milliwatts. We're here to talk about microwatts.
We're talking computing solutions so low that, in the future, we should be able to power them with the heat of our skin or the ambulant light in the room or, like I show you today, maybe something just a little bit more entertaining.
This line of low-power consumption processors is known as Quark, focusing on powering wearable and smart-fabric embedded electronics.
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