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The Mobile PC Extended Battery Life Working Group (EBL-WG) today announced a major milestone for its low power display panel initiative, confirming an average annual shipment of more than 6 million low power 12.1/14.1/15.0 XGA display panels at 3 watts or less, about 12 per cent of total estimated notebook shipments for 2004. Since establishing the initiative a year ago, average display panel power has dropped from 4.3-4.5 watts to 3 watts or less – power savings equivalent to 60 minutes of extra battery life in notebooks. The EBL-WG is targeting an annual rate of 10 million units at 3W or less by early next year, about 20 per cent of estimated total notebook shipments for 2005. The EBL-WG milestone demonstrates manufacturers increasing desire to drive down platform power consumption and satisfy end users desire for longer battery life. Several new companies recently joined the EBL-WG including AMD, ATI Technologies Inc., BIC, Infineon, Millennium Cell Inc., Motorola Energy Systems Group, O2Micro, and Sion Power.

The Mobile PC Extended Battery Life Working Group (EBL-WG) today announced a major milestone for its low power display panel initiative, confirming an average annual shipment of more than 6 million low power 12.1/14.1/15.0 XGA display panels at 3 watts or less, about 12 per cent of total estimated notebook shipments for 2004. Since establishing the initiative a year ago, average display panel power has dropped from 4.3-4.5 watts to 3 watts or less – power savings equivalent to 60 minutes of extra battery life in notebooks. The EBL-WG is targeting an annual rate of 10 million units at 3W or less by early next year, about 20 per cent of estimated total notebook shipments for 2005. The EBL-WG milestone demonstrates manufacturers increasing desire to drive down platform power consumption and satisfy end users desire for longer battery life. Several new companies recently joined the EBL-WG including AMD, ATI Technologies Inc., BIC, Infineon, Millennium Cell Inc., Motorola Energy Systems Group, O2Micro, and Sion Power.

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