Intel Demonstrates: Near-Threshold Voltage Solar Powered Processor

Intel revealed a new experimental solar powered CPU codenamed Claremont based on the old Pentium core. Typically transistors used in a CPU operate at 1 volt while the Claremont requires around half of that. This reduction in voltage requirements means that the processor can run on only a few milliwatts of power. Dubbed Near-Threshold Voltage (NTV) the processor can be powered by a solar cell about the size of a postage stamp. This emerging technology could lead to a greater than eight fold reduction in power consumption and even processors that run directly from sunlight skipping the electrical grid.


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