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Intel Demos Processor Running on Red Wine at IDF

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Powering processors and your next hangover.

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IDF yielded a ton of new gadgets, but things got really interesting towards the end of the conference. The Register reports that Intel showed off a processor powered by wine on day three of IDF.

According to the Reg, Intel's Dr Genevieve Bell demoed a low-powered CPU and accelerometer powered by a glass of red wine. The demo was based on the same principal as the timeless potato battery experiment. The electrodes placed in the glass reacted with the wine's acetic acid and produced a current. Bell jokingly referenced the first miracle of Jesus (water into wine) while speaking at IDF:

"Some people turn water into wine, here at Intel, we're turning wine into electricity," she's quoted as saying. "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."

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    radiovan , September 16, 2013 3:10 PM
    Sadly, no word on the processor spec's; or did I miss it somewhere?
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    expl0itfinder , September 16, 2013 6:40 PM
    Impressive and promising concept, even if slightly humorous at first.
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    neblogai , September 16, 2013 7:36 PM
    I see what Intel is thinking: implanted processors, powered by wine. Thank you!
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    arges86 , September 16, 2013 7:37 PM
    Sounds like an evolutionary step towards getting a beer fueled robot like Bender
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    Fred Zlotnick , September 16, 2013 7:47 PM
    The wine does NOT provide energy, it is simply an electrolyte. It could be replaced by many household chemicals such as lemon juice, soda water, vinegar, baking soda. The energy comes from two dissimilar metals such as copper and zinc. The zinc will give up its electrons and flow through the circuit, to the copper. The wine(acidic) simply allows the process to continue.
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    milktea , September 16, 2013 8:34 PM
    Intel is very serious in ultra low power processing. They have the advantage of a strong team of implacable R&D. ARM's future is looking grim.
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    teh_chem , September 16, 2013 9:00 PM
    Highly uninteresting, even for a publicity event.
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    shin0bi272 , September 16, 2013 10:28 PM
    I thought it was referring to wine like the linux program.
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    digiex , September 16, 2013 10:50 PM
    "I see what Intel is thinking: implanted processors, powered by wine. Thank you! "

    Implanted processors, powered by your blood!
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    JPNpower , September 17, 2013 5:51 PM
    AMD potato chips vs INTEL wine processor.
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    Tuishimi , October 1, 2013 8:58 AM
    Unfortunately she was struck by a bolt of lighting soon after the demo...
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    skit75 , December 6, 2013 12:38 PM
    It has an inviting nose, with a heavy black-berry color which gives way to a nice electron laden finish. Pair it with a nice quad-core sans over-clock, for best results.