Intel has developed a “Near Threshold Voltage Processor”. This chip, code-named “Claremont”, works with ultra low voltage circuits, close to threshold, or turn-on voltage, of the transistors. This chip runs fast when needed, or consume just milliwatts of power when there when the workload is light enough. This means that it can work with green energies, like the solar power. Thus, Intel is unveiling one of its most interesting developments with an eye to the future: the solar-powered microprocessor.
Claremont is not going to be a product itself, so we are not going to see processor with this name, but the knowledge acquired with this product could be applied in other computing devices. So it is possible that the next generation of Intel CPUs have a very low power consumption thanks to this work.