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Intel Sees Future in Wind Power, Electric Cars

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Now all we need are wind-powered cars.

Intel's known for providing some of the chipset and CPU technology in our computing rigs and notebooks, but the company also applies its technology to green efforts such as wind power and electric cars.

John Skinner, Intel's director of marketing for its Eco-Technology division said earlier this week that the chip company sees wind forecasting as one of the next big things – specifically in figuring out when the wind will blow and how fast.

"There's a lot of opportunities for sensor technology and high performance computing," he said in an interview on the sidelines of an industry conference, as reported by Reuters. "We are starting to explore it."

"We see numerical forecasting (in wind) as very interesting opportunity," he said, adding that "every extra bit of granularity and predictability" on wind power is very valuable.

Current wind turbines use 7-watt ultra low voltage Intel Celeron processors or the 10-watt Pentium M processor LV 738. Each turbine-mounted controller supports four 10/100Base-T Fast Ethernet ports, in addition to a wide range of DC power sources.

Electronic vehicles, by nature, require more silicon involvement than traditional cars. For that reason, Intel sees a chance to jump into the electric car market as well.

"Electric vehicles are going to contain a lot of electronics," he said. Intel believes it could play a role in energy management and range prediction. "It would be an extension of our business in telematics."

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    pug_s , November 19, 2009 8:57 PM
    What? No 2 watt atom processors?
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    ssalim , November 19, 2009 9:11 PM
    What? No flying cars?
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    acecombat , November 19, 2009 9:13 PM
    IntelElectric vehicles are going to contain a lot of electronics

    Well thanks for stating the obvious, now get back to work on cutting costs!
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    08nwsula , November 19, 2009 9:14 PM
    intel is just now figuring this stuff out?
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    mayne92 , November 19, 2009 9:34 PM
    Now I'm starting to see how extended Intel's "rebates" were...
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    serkol , November 19, 2009 10:03 PM
    Now all we need are wind-powered cars - just tie a sail to it!
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    Shadow703793 , November 19, 2009 10:27 PM
    When can I get my nanosuit, nuclear (or hydrogen) powered car, and an army of drones? :lol:  :p 
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    ubergeek , November 19, 2009 10:50 PM
    But what about my HoloDeck?
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    wintermint , November 19, 2009 11:21 PM
    Pretty soon we'll be able to hacked into cars from our garage :) 
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2009 1:19 AM
    Soon you will have to signup to a site, login with your ID and password... just to start your car... now try to run away from that killer or zombie in such a car.
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    liquidsnake718 , November 20, 2009 4:40 AM
    Really? then they should find a way for their CPUs to use less power or to overclock using their onboard heatsink fans to power utilizing kinetic energy... so its like using power from the socket to further power the cpu or board with its onboard CPU fan....... lol
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    benl90 , November 20, 2009 4:45 AM
    Will it run Windows on windows?
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    wira020 , November 20, 2009 4:46 AM
    wintermintPretty soon we'll be able to hacked into cars from our garage

    Thats scary.. and anti virus company would make a tonne more money.. i wonder if i can overclock my car then...
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    jacinclowe , November 20, 2009 8:20 AM
    yea overclock your car make it faster by adding more cooling and upping the the base clock
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    Hiniberus , November 20, 2009 8:49 AM
    Yay now us tech nerds can also fuck about with people's cars!

    "I'm a Computer techie!"



    I can see this happening one day... day...
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    cryogenic , November 20, 2009 10:41 AM
    luc vrSoon you will have to signup to a site, login with your ID and password... just to start your car... now try to run away from that killer or zombie in such a car.

    Yep, you will have to be a computer hacker in the future to be safe from zombies.
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    roofus , November 20, 2009 12:04 PM
    They will start a rebate program with the wind and pay it handsomely not to blow on any AMD structures unless they are on fire.
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    jellico , November 20, 2009 12:44 PM
    I'm so sick of hearing about wind and solar. The future of renewable energy production... what a load of crap! Our electrical grid requires a stable, steady source of power. Wind and solar are anything but. In order to smooth out the curve of energy production from sources that fluxtuate so wildly, you would need a traditional generating plant. The problem with that is, they don't power-up on a moments notice. It can take a couple of hours to bring a traditional fossil fuel power plant to full capacity. The electrical grid won't tolerate that. You can't keep generating plants running if their power isn't needed; that electricity has to go somewhere.

    What we really need is a for energy storage technology to evolve. That's probably our biggest technology shortcoming right now. Everything else has evolved at a Moore's Law pace, but not batteries. Their progress has been a very shallow, linear progression. If we had battery technology that was equivalence to today's processor technology, then wind, solar, hyrid-electric and full electric cars would become practical and truely economical. Until then, our best hope for migrating away from fossil-fuel generating plants is nuclear.
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    Onus , November 20, 2009 1:40 PM
    On any kind of scale, I agree with jellico. The lag on power plants is phenomenal. Where solar power is useful is for site-specific installations, such as individual businesses and homes, to take on some or even all of the demand of that site during peak hours. It is still too expensive; I'd come up with $10K for a solar installation on my house, but not $50K+. Wind is cheaper, but has problems all its own. I'd put up a small windmill too, but I'm in a wind zone 1 with too many tall trees around.
    There's been some improvement in battery chemistry (I'm just now learning more about LiPO and LiFePO), but not enough.
    Bottom line is, nuclear IS the way to go. Nuclear waste is not a small issue, but eliminating artificial barriers to reprocessing it would go a long way.
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2009 2:08 PM
    jellico - please look up hydroelectric power storage. there are many ways to store the power that wind and solar produce but traditional batteries are probably the least green way of doing it.
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