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Intel Hopes New Batteries Can Reduce Ultrabook Cost

By - Source: Digitimes | B 27 comments

Batteries apparently have become the focus in an effort to reduce the system cost of Ultrabooks.

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 , May 23, 2012 1:17 PM
    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 , May 23, 2012 1:17 PM
    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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    Wisecracker , May 23, 2012 1:46 PM

    Is there some ironing, here? Yeahhhhh ...

    It's the battery that costs too much.


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    Anonymous , May 23, 2012 1:47 PM
    Can you just use graphene?? It seems that thing is gonna solve all our problems!
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    aracheb , May 23, 2012 1:54 PM
    AMD need to step up fast.

    Inter is raping the market.
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    jdamon113 , May 23, 2012 2:10 PM
    wisecracket.
    This is no supprise, battery technolgy is just now in the last few years starting to really change. For a long time they stood still and little was done.
    since the PC age and phone, there is a glut of R&D into this and they electronic tech - is advanceing at a higher pase. so Battery tech has some time to make up. But NOTE this. someone out there comes up with a new way that is low cost to manufacture and produce. Plue a alloy that is low cost. lithium is not cheap.
    some of the others internal are lower cost but the fab-process is way high.
    There is a huge gain for companies to do this. Personaly sanyo is top dog. But I know there is also a company in California that is working on new tech- but they will not fab them in the US> so ether way this is owned by sanyo.

    And no intel is not raping the market. Intel knows it has about 3 years left, then arm processors will be able to run a full desktop and maybe even low end server. They are trying be in the relm of arm at the x86 level .
    remember intel did at one point own xscale cpu's then sold it.
    I would say there regret that move now.

    AMD will soon be taken over, I am hoping for Qualcomm to do so.
    again just my take.
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    willard , May 23, 2012 2:14 PM
    WisecrackerIs there some ironing, here? Yeahhhhh ...It's the battery that costs too much.

    Ironing? Surely you mean irony.

    Oh the ironing!
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    RealBeast , May 23, 2012 2:27 PM
    Intel has very deep pockets, if they need better battery tech to sell CPUs they will probably go on a buying spree.
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    amigafan , May 23, 2012 2:49 PM
    halcyonPerhaps Intel should woman-up

    WisecrackerIs there some ironing, here? Yeahhhhh ...

    I see what you did there xD
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    nebun , May 23, 2012 2:51 PM
    one word "EXCUSES"
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    ojas , May 23, 2012 3:10 PM
    So instead of cutting processor prices and investing that in better battery technology, they're giving us cheaper batteries, that just may be of lower quality?. Yay.
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    neoverdugo , May 23, 2012 3:15 PM
    *Double Face-Palm* How many times do I have to say it? If Intel wants a cheap UB, DROP THE CPU PRICES!!! Also, since they want to add SSD to the mix, drop them also! It doesn't matter what materials the casing uses, or the shape of the battery, or what kind of display it has or the motherboard is a third party construction, AS LONG AS INTEL KEEPS THAT HEINOUS PRICE TAG ON ITS CPUS, IT WILL ALWAYS BE FAR MORE EXPENSIVE!! It would be much better if intel uses a balanced price-performance cpus (Zero celeron, pentium nor atom) maybe the UB won't be that expensive.
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    TheBigTroll , May 23, 2012 3:46 PM
    intel has tons of money to spend, why not just lower your cpu prices instead of suggesting companies to cheap up
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    Anonymous , May 23, 2012 4:28 PM
    Hay Chipzilla spend some clams on your HD graphics drivers, and don't let the laptop OEMs customize your HD graphics drivers, unless the laptop OEMs update their customized intel HD graphics drivers as often as, you Intel, update your genaric HD graphics drivers. Light gamers and 3D software users need updateable HD graphics drivers!!!!!!!!!!!
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    willard , May 23, 2012 4:41 PM
    It never takes long for Tom's posters to start whining about prices. Intel already dedicated $200,000,000 to subsidize the cost of their hardware and get prices down, but I guess it will never be enough until it's free.
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    Zingam_Duo , May 23, 2012 5:09 PM
    Now I can already bet that Intel's ultrabook will turn to piece of garbage and may even fail as niche. Intel is trying to cut the cost of everything but their shitty CPUs.
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    eddieroolz , May 23, 2012 5:12 PM
    Hey, maybe using a regular TIM instead of solder for the heat spreaders will reduce cost of CPUs too...see what I did there?

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    Zingam_Duo , May 23, 2012 5:14 PM
    ojasSo instead of cutting processor prices and investing that in better battery technology, they're giving us cheaper batteries, that just may be of lower quality?. Yay.


    The same will happen to SSDs first they'll put in triple cell, then quadruple cell then quintuple cell SSDs with 2 write cycles. :D  Or maybe they'll just start putting in the cheapest of mechanical drives. The ones with 3 months warranty that, I am pretty sure, Seagate and Western Digital are about to introduce very soon.
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    stinkyfax , May 23, 2012 5:55 PM
    Why all I hear in the comments related to ultrabooks is complainment for CPU's being too costy?
    I just looked up, i5 with 2.9ghz M version costs $235. Ultrabooks cost ~1k$ Even if intel give out cpu's for free the price iwll drop just by 80%.
    I clearly see no reason to spend 20% of my ultrabook on CPU it has, you do? You want your ultrabook to have cpu which costs 5% of totals?
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    danwat1234 , May 23, 2012 6:26 PM
    Can't wait for nanowire Li batteries
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