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Intel Project Athena

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Intel is teaming up with other hardware manufacturers under “Project Athena” to create Ultrabook’s and Laptops that will take it to the next level. Here are some details that you should know to understand Project Athena.

  1. Project Athena is a set of standards put forward by Intel to ensure manufacturers meet these standards to market a product as Ultrabook.
  2. Project Athena was started after Intel was worried about consumers moving away from Laptops to smartphones and tablets. To defend this threat, Intel came with the concept of Ultrabook. Ultrabook’s were lighter and thinner, but it consumed a lot of battery. Intel is now making sure all manufacturers should follow the higher standards set by Project Athena to market devices as Ultrabook.
  3. Project Athena was started by Intel with the intention of making laptops with a high battery life without compromising on performance. The target is to make laptops that will at least 9 hours in what Intel calls the real-world performance conditions.
  4. Usually, manufacturers check the real-world conditions by playing a video with reduced screen brightness and with the WiFi turned on. But in this case, Intel wants to make sure real-world performance conditions means what it says. The manufacturers will have to rise up to Intel’s challenge. The laptop will have to run 9hrs with normal to increased screen brightness with all the features such as WiFi turned on.
  5. Here are some of the standards put forward the Athena Project
specification Project Athena
  • Laptops and Ultrabook’s should have support at least 9 hours of battery life in real-world performance conditions.
  • The Ultrabook’s and laptops need to wake from sleep in less than a second and ready for browsing the web in 2 seconds. Basically, the device and all the peripherals should be ready to go in an instant from sleep mode.
  • Another standard that Intel is stressing manufacturers to include is a minimum of 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD.
  • Athena Laptops and Ultrabook’s should also carry the latest wireless standard WiFi 6 (802.11 ax) and Thunderbolt 3 USB Ports. These ports allow a battery charge for 4hrs with just 30 minutes charging.
  • The screen resolution should be above 1080p and higher.
  • Backlit keyboards
  • Fingerprint sensor
  1. Intel currently has support from hardware manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Google, Microsoft, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Sharp.
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  1. Project Athena will create a Laptop revolution making it powerful than a Desktop PC. These Laptops and Ultrabook’s are going to be as powerful as a MacBook Air.


  1. The devices manufactured under Project Athena standards is set to hit the market by 2019 late summer.


  1. Dell XPS 13, Lenovo’s Yoga S940, Acer Swift 5 are some of the models that are waiting to be released under the Athena standards.
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