Intel Develops Solar-Powered CPU

Intel unveiled on Thursday a new, experimental low power processor that can be powered using solar energy cells.

The processor, code-named Claremont, is about the size of a postage stamp and can process light workloads using the bare minimal power - as low as 10 milliwatts, the company bragged.

The demonstration of this new and potentially revolutionary technology was presented at the on-going Intel Developers Forum conference.

Justin Rattner, chief technology officer at Intel, announced during a keynote speech that the processor has the ability to work at its full capacity by deriving power from a solar cell as tiny as a normal postage stamp.

The processor may not find a place in the consumer market anytime soon, however. It is likely that the research itself could be blended with future-generations of CPU and other complicated circuitry.

Also, chances are the product will be integrated into sensor-technologies and other similar applications.

According to Intel, the project is a part of the company’s long-term goal of lowering energy consumption in processors at least five times.