From what I understand, the processor's power management system is able to turn off one of the cores if it is not needed, and switch it back on during intensive tasks. Throughput and overall responsiveness of machines should increase.
I'm also pretty sure Intel is working hard on the other parts of the system. I remember seeing Anand Chandresekhar talking about dynamic backlight controls for LCDs, and I know Intel is pouring a lot of $ into battery and fuel cell technology.
The goal is 8 hours of battery life within the next few years. Personally, I think battery life will only be good enough when I can spend all day at the office without having to even worry about plugging the machine in
Bala Pitchandi wrote:
I am not really convinced if we need a "Dual Core" processor in a laptop. First, its going to increase the power usage. Then there is not going to be '"dual" chipsets - so the essential parts of the PC are still being shared by both the core. And if I remembered correctly, I read somewhere that the Intel's Dual Core approach will not yield twice the performance increase.
Now, I would really like Intel invest more in improving Laptop Displays, Batteries & other form factors. There's a lot that can be done there...
Just my $0.02