Intel Joins Push for Low-Power Chips

Promoting chips geared toward mobile Internet devices
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2008 12:51 PM CST
Intel Corp. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner briefs the media on the work undertaken at Intel's Corporate Technology Group Labs on processor circuits and multi-core computing...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Intel is developing a low-power-consuming chip aimed at a new category of mobile Internet devices, or MIDs, which range between a cell phone and laptop in size. The company’s new MID chip, expected out in the second quarter, draws about a tenth of the power used by Intel’s laptop chips, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Intel is a late arrival in the push for super-low-power consumption and will face competition. The chip, which processes instructions one at a time to conserve power, is very small and rectangular rather than the usual square. "I try to keep them in my pocket, but I keep losing them," said one Intel exec.