Intel working on doubling battery run time


— 11:56 AM on June 10, 2004

Zinc Matrix Power will collaborate with Intel on a new battery technology that could potentially double laptop run times. Here's a snippet:

Zinc Matrix Power develops a polymer-based rechargeable alkaline battery technology that is very similar to common flashlight battery chemistry, but, has demonstrated about two times the energy to volume of today’s lithium-based laptop batteries in lab tests. This could potentially double run times in the same package size as current laptop batteries. Additionally, this technology, like common flashlight batteries, uses a water-based electrolyte which, together with its low pressure flexible plastic case work, minimizes the risk of fire or explosion due to abuse.
Intel will apparently show off Zinc Matrix Power's technology at this year's developer forum, but don't expect to see the new batteries until 2006. Thanks to The Inquirer for the tip.
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