Intel Clover Falls: Using A.I. to Maximize Battery Life

The good news is that new Intel laptops can benefit from even longer battery life thanks to the new Intel co-processor, Clover Falls, with artificial intelligence. The not-so-good news is that Clover Falls will be limited to commercial notebooks, at least initially, so consumers will have to wait a little longer for the technology to roll over to popular laptops like the XPS 13, Specter x360, and ZenBook Flip S.

Intel describes Clover Falls as “a secure companion chip that helps make PCs smarter and safer through the power of Intel’s artificial intelligence.” Intel added in a company blog post that the chip helps laptops recognize and adapt to their surroundings. An example of how Clover Falls works is that the laptop can automatically increase the display brightness when it detects that a user is present, or turn off or dim the screen when you leave.

It is unclear what other features and experiences Intel and its partners can offer about Clover Falls. The company takes a platform-based approach to computing, bundling Clover Falls with its Intel Evo platform, previously known as Project Athena. At its core, Evo offers a range of responsiveness, battery life, instant wake-up, and fast connectivity requirements. The company claims these guidelines will help users understand what to expect from an Intel Evo branded notebook.

Through targeted battery life, laptops with Clover Falls could accommodate the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air from Apple with the M1 silicon.

In terms of battery life, Intel and its partners had previously stated that Evo-certified laptops with a 1080p display offer a battery life of at least nine hours. It’s unclear how much more battery life Intel can shorten with artificial intelligence settings. For comparison, Apple claims that the new M1-powered MacBook Pro has a battery life of up to 20 hours. With a specified battery life of 18 hours for the MacBook Air, the M1 processor from Apple delivers roughly twice the battery life of the current Evo numbers from Intel.

For its part, Intel has not announced when Clover Falls will hit commercial or consumer laptops. Given the platform approach outlined in the company’s blog post, we expect systems with Clover Falls silicon to trickle out, as Intel will likely work closely with partners to uncover key metrics, as it did with the original Evo performance and battery targets was life. Since the Vice President of Latitude at Dell also offers comments on the blog post, we can assume that Dell is a key partner and that future commercial Latitude notebooks will come with Clover Falls co-processors.

“Working with Intel is so much more than buying a processor that works with our product,” said Meghana Patwardhan of Dell. “The co-engineering includes Intel’s commitment to jointly addressing unique product challenges and taking the entire system into account – all so that we can bring amazing new platform capabilities to business users.”

In addition to Dell, other laptop manufacturers such as Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo and Samsung are part of Intel’s Evo program. It is unclear whether laptops from these manufacturers, such as the HP Specter x360 or the Lenovo Yoga 9i, will later be updated with Clover Falls co-processors. Intel also didn’t provide any examples of how Clover Falls added security to a laptop in its blog post.

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