Chipzilla has been tapping aircraft designers in a bid to get the manufacturing of its Ultrabooks that little bit cheaper.
One of the problems that it is facing with getting Ultrabooks accepted is that punters think they are little too expensive.
Intel’s R&D centre has been wining and dining former Boeing employees and has come up with a design method to make plastic laptop cases as strong as more expensive metal ones typically used in Ultrabooks.
Ben Broili, head of the team told Avionics Intelligence that the techniques may cut the cost of future ultrabooks by between $25 and $75 by letting manufactures use plastic cases instead of metal ones.
Using ideas from the aerospace industry, the engineers have found that hard drives, motherboards and other components that make up the guts of a PC can be laid out in ways that make the laptops’ structure much stronger.
They did not need to develop a new material and it was possible to make the computers using an existing plastic.
Intel said that it just requires some more upfront thought initially about how you lay your system out and how you can bring these things together and tie them in.
What the Boeing engineers got them thinking was how different components in the laptop can be used to support the chassis, or dissipate heat from the microprocessor, which as the world+dog is well aware is the “brain” of a computer.