IDF 2012 | Intel proposes standardized Ultrabook battery design

Intel proposes standardized Ultrabook battery design
Intel proposes standardized Ultrabook battery design
Uniform battery design could make future Ultrabooks cheaper and slimmer

Intel has had an Ultrabook reference design for a while now, and they’ve always had certain standards for their Ultrabooks. Now after announcing 75 new Ultrabooks in the coming months, Intel is also recommending a uniform battery cell for their notebooks.

At the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, Intel proposed a standard battery solution for all future Ultrabooks. The suggested battery, which is intended to reduce costs, would be 60mm X 80mm and is based on 16mm cells rather than the commonly used 18mm cells. 

According to Intel, the design would supposedly result in 5-10% savings per cell, while reducing non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs along with wait times as the batteries would be readily available off-the shelf. In addition, customers would also benefit from the move, seeing as a standard battery should be easier to replace and less expensive than a unique battery.

For the time being, the design is nothing more than a suggestion by Intel and is not mandatory for Ultrabooks. However, the company does plan on exploring the idea with multiple OEMs, and if things go well, we could see a uniform Ultrabook battery in the near future. 

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Author: Omar Qudsi, 2012-04-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)