Aside from connectivity, power consumption is arguably one of the most limiting factors to mobile technology. After all, what use is a mobile computing device that can’t power on or runs through a battery in just an hour or two? AMD and Via might have set off a "low voltage" war because Intel is now promising an Ultra-Low Voltage Core Duo in the second half of the year that will have a median voltage of under 1 Watt. This is fantastic news for any mobile device user; not just because you’ll likely see the juice judiciously used in Intel powered devices, but I expect we’ll continue to see battles amongst the chipmakers. By the end of they year I’m sure we’ll see battery lives in next generation handhelds that are 30 to 50% than we see today.
(via Only UMPC)