Intel to keep laptops from losing cool in bed
Chip giant teases with 'pillow-proof' tech
IDF Intel has developed a notebook cooling system it claims will make laptops safe to take to bed.
The chip giant's engineers proved unwilling to lift the covers on their "pillow proof" technology. However, they did say it doesn't involve stuffing up the vents typically found on the base and sides of modern notebooks.
This, they say, would be too "thermally challenging".
It's the flow of air through these ducts that is impeded when users lay their machines down on pillows, duvets, sheets, cushions or even laps.
That, in turn, impedes the laptop's cooling system, causing the machine to lose its cool and, in very rare cases, catch fire or explode.
Laptop batteries are particularly sensitive to temperature. Pillow-jammed vents have been blamed for a number of instances of power cells overheating with incendiary effect.
Intel's efforts are directed more to improving laptops' performance and industrial design as countering conflagrations. Better cooling allows vendors to make notebooks that are thinner, and to speed up processors and graphics chips without having to install more powerful cooling mechanisms too.
Laptops typically show up to 10°C difference between the temperature of their bases when placed on desks or on pillows. The Intel boffins claim their secret system eliminates this difference.
They wouldn't say when their findings will be shared with notebook manufacturers keen to produce bed-friendly laptops. ®
Maybe their secret is...
to stop using their own processors and start using vastly cooler ARM chips.
There are very few reasons to have battery powered tech in the bedroom, let's just say that if you think laptops are at the top of the list, you have some unresolved issues to deal with. Battery powered tech in the bedroom should be limited to gadgets purchased from certain types of shops, nothing else!
it's been solved before
I got a "cooling pad" free with a laptop 5+ years ago, you just just plonk the laptop on the pad, and as the laptop warms up, the pad "melts" internally. It has the added benefit that it lifts the laptop slightly, keeping the vents clear of pillows, duvets, etc.
Intel does make cool chips....
I have used my intel based laptop in bed plenty... it has no vents and no fans... indeed, the case is totally sealed and water proof...
The battery wont catch fire as the charging circuit reduces the charge when the battery or case gets warm... hell, this laptop actually has a heater inside it to keep the hard drive warm on cold days!!
The beauty of the ULV 1.66 Centrino, heatpipes and a very large fully magnesium case to act as a heatsink...
Panasonic solved this problem years ago!!!
So you are one of the rich?
You must be one of the rich people then. I have 3 choices of where to use my laptop:
1. In my "bed" room.
2. In the bathroom.
3. In the street.