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Intel Develops Tech for ''Pillow Proof'' Laptops

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One of the best things about laptops is that they allow you to work from pretty much anywhere. Unfortunately, as anyone working from the couch or their bed will know, using a pillow as a makeshift desk can mean things get pretty warm pretty quickly.

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At IDF this week, Intel engineers revealed that they had come up with a "pillow-proof" technology to eliminate that 10°C difference in temperature that occurs when a laptop is placed on a bed or blanket as opposed to a desk.

Unfortunately for us, Intel didn't want to talk about how it actually fixed the problem – Reg Hardware reports that the guys at IDF declined to discuss it – but aside from helping those of us lucky enough to work from home, it will also contribute towards better notebook designs in general. With the new technology, manufacturers can develop more powerful notebooks that don't require more powerful cooling mechanisms.

Sounds great, Intel. Now spill the beans on how your technology works!

Source: Reg Hardware

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    husker , September 17, 2010 5:33 AM
    Well, there is only possibility and that is the heat has to be dissipated out the top of the laptop, rather than the traditional ways of blowing air out the back, sides, or bottom. There ya go mystery solved and I'm not even an engineer.
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    mman74 , September 17, 2010 6:38 AM
    Were this Apple, would they suggest that we were sleeping on the wrong kind of pillow covers and bed-sheets? May be plastic ones don't block the air vents so much?
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    bobusboy , September 17, 2010 5:34 AM
    10*C are you kidding me! my laptop jumps up from 70*C to 100*C on a pillow.
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    The_Prophecy , September 17, 2010 5:29 AM
    Aww.... they had to go and pic my interest...
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    nebun , September 17, 2010 5:32 AM
    do you really think that they are going to let this info out? AMD and nVidia would be all over it.
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    husker , September 17, 2010 5:33 AM
    Well, there is only possibility and that is the heat has to be dissipated out the top of the laptop, rather than the traditional ways of blowing air out the back, sides, or bottom. There ya go mystery solved and I'm not even an engineer.
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    bobusboy , September 17, 2010 5:34 AM
    10*C are you kidding me! my laptop jumps up from 70*C to 100*C on a pillow.
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    terror112 , September 17, 2010 5:43 AM
    This isn't news to me, my Asus 1201N ultra-portable doesn't suffer increases in temperature when on a non-ideal surface, because the engineers were smart enough to put the air intake vents at the front of the ultra-portable in a addition to the bottom. And yes, with nvidia graphics and dual core atom, a fan is necessary. All they have to do is implement the same Seashell design on all laptops and I guarantee the pillow problems will go away.
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    lpedraja2002 , September 17, 2010 6:07 AM
    what terror described is actually the best way to prevent the overheating from the pillows.

    Now, knowing intel they probably have specialized software drives for a function for you to enable or disable whenever you put your laptop on a pillow and the function probably includes underclocking the cpu :o 
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    Anonymous , September 17, 2010 6:20 AM
    terror112, we don't own the same 1201N, I can only recall one exhausting fan on the left side which even when on a desk is blowing death hot air (very hot). The only way to get over this problem as husker said is to put the intake and exhaust air conducts on the screen lid (at the really top of it once opened) no big mistery
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    Chipi , September 17, 2010 6:27 AM
    HP already did this with their ProBook line. The air is sucked in from the top, through spaces between the keys.
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    terror112 , September 17, 2010 6:36 AM
    The problem I see with having vents through the top is all the small particles that could easily get inside there, as well as if you spill something... even a little spill, it could potentially damage the computer, where if the vents where somewhere else, there could be less damage. And where the intakes are is almost irrelevant as long as the intake is not on the bottom, where said pillow will be blocking it. And why was I marked down? I believe that was a legitimate point.
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    mman74 , September 17, 2010 6:38 AM
    Were this Apple, would they suggest that we were sleeping on the wrong kind of pillow covers and bed-sheets? May be plastic ones don't block the air vents so much?
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    mircione , September 17, 2010 7:40 AM
    They should design these things using wide plastic vents shielded by a net that captures dust particles and so on under another plastic cover. Or use filter chambers somehow, like the vacuum cleaners work.
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    jnwpse , September 17, 2010 8:00 AM
    I couldve sworn the unibody macbooks were pillowproof. Doesnt any laptop without fans on the bottom count as pillow proof? Fill me in.
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    TheWhiteRose000 , September 17, 2010 8:06 AM
    well you figure heat travels upwards.
    And even though the CPU temp is really hot, once it travels into cooler air,.

    It would cool down.
    So did Intel just make a Keyboard warmer?

    Personally I really don't like Intel Laptops.
    Laptop's they have made not the processor.

    I got a HEL80/81

    And I can't find any freaking support for it at all.
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    bachok83 , September 17, 2010 8:18 AM
    "Sounds great, Intel. Now spill the beans on how your technology works!"

    The beans are going to patent office first :) 
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    icano69 , September 17, 2010 8:30 AM
    air being pushed in from the keyboard and being pushed out to the lateral sides....
    as simple as that.
    zzzzz.
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    teknomedic , September 17, 2010 10:02 AM
    When the fans detect they are slowing down due to increased resistance... then the CPU/GPU simply underclock from stock to 100Mhz, lol. ;) 
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    Gin Fushicho , September 17, 2010 10:14 AM
    Damnit Intel, I want to see it. Stop being so greedy.
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    Stifle , September 17, 2010 11:37 AM
    Never seen a laptop that didn't take in air from the bottom and blow it out the side or back. I bet they added a couple snorkles, problem solved.
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    vsgm , September 17, 2010 11:39 AM
    this sounds great but my HP laptop doesn't heat more when it's kept on a Pillow.
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    bv90andy , September 17, 2010 12:24 PM
    32nm CPU and IGP?
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