Intel Hopes New Batteries Can Reduce Ultrabook Cost

According to a report out of Taiwan, Intel is apparently looking at Sanyo's and BAK's 16650 cylindrical battery as well as prismatic lithium-ion batteries.

The cylindrical battery seems to be the device of choice due to its low cost, but its diameter of 16 mm makes it a challenge to be built into Ultrabooks, which, by Intel's definition, need to be less than 21 mm thick. A problem may also be that the market for these batteries is controlled by Sanyo and BAK and the supply is very limited. Prismatic are more expensive, but are only 5 to 6 mm thick, while using a greater footprint of 60 x 80 mm.

Digitimes noted that Acer is using the 16650 cylindrical battery in its Ultrabook while Lenovo is using a prismatic battery in its IdeaPad 530.

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  • halcyon
    Perhaps Intel should woman-up and lower their CPU prices as well. I'm sure that wouldn't hurt Ultrabook prices either. Its good that they're looking to parts manufacturers to lower costs but they should do so themselves. You know? ...set an example.
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  • halcyon
    Perhaps Intel should woman-up and lower their CPU prices as well. I'm sure that wouldn't hurt Ultrabook prices either. Its good that they're looking to parts manufacturers to lower costs but they should do so themselves. You know? ...set an example.
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  • jaquith
    And plenty of kids think school is a joke ... think about it.
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  • Wisecracker
    Is there some ironing, here? Yeahhhhh ...

    It's the battery that costs too much.
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