Microsoft ‘software-defined battery’ improves laptop stamina

Microsoft researchers are looking at the age-old problem of laptop battery stamina. Rather than trying to improve battery chemistry – there are plenty of other researchers and engineers looking into that – they instead looked at using multiple different types of battery for the different tasks and components of the laptop. Using this ‘software-defined battery’ means the system decides the right battery for the task at hand. The researchers say that using current battery technology this system can “keep laptops and tablets charged much longer than current standards”. Explaining the thrust of the study, principal researcher Ranveer Chandra said “Rather than waiting for the perfect battery, we’re using all the technology available right now”. The central idea behind the longer lasting batteries is ‘Software Defined Batteries’. Instead of a collection…

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