Project Athena - Reinventing the Notebook



    Over the past decades, Intel has done a lot for mobile computing. We can say that this was one of the main vectors of its activity - increasing the specific energy efficiency of processors, improving wired and wireless interfaces and much, much more. Here you can recall, say, ultrabooks - a comprehensive embodiment of mobility from the point of view of Intel. But now this incarnation has a new name - Project Athena. A laptop invented anew.

    So, Project Athena is the new standard for performance notebooks announced this week at Computex. Analogies with ultrabooks really come to mind right away, but Athena is a bit more. How much exactly?

    First, Athena is a standardized set of specifications.a laptop that wants to wear such a label should satisfy. Specifications describe performance, connectivity interfaces, AI capabilities, battery life, sleep functionality, form factor and more. In addition, technical specifications are set rather rigidly, for example:

    • exit from sleep state - no more than 1 second,
    • video playing time - at least 9 hours,
    • fast charge time - no more than 30 min
    • etc.



    Secondly, Athena is a consortium of companies , which, in addition to Intel, include leading players in the computer market: Microsoft, HP, Dell, Google, Lenovo, Samsung, Xiaomi and so on - there are more than 100 participants united to create flexible and convenient in the use of smart devices. At Intel's presentation on Computex, the first Athena-compatible laptop model, the Lenovo S940, was shown. Mass sales of Project Athena are planned for the end of this year.

    Finally, thirdly, Project Athena is a network of laboratories, which Intel is going to open around the world, which distinguishes this project from previous attempts to build mobile ecosystems. In these laboratories, OEMs and laptop vendors and independent vendors will be able to test their products, identify their weaknesses in terms of functionality, performance and energy efficiency and receive recommendations from Intel engineers for improvement. Initially, in 2020 it is planned to open 3 Project Athena laboratories: in Taipei, Taiwan, Shanghai, China, and Folsome, California, USA.



    To us, consumers, in principle, it does not matter which label is attached to the laptop. But we know: both functionality and characteristics tend to go down the lineup. If Project Athena will contribute to the improvement of top models, after a while we will feel it throughout the line. What, probably, no one objects.

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