Intel engineer Russ Brown braces an Ultrabook for a crash test
Intel engineer Russ Brown tests an Ultrabook for mechanical shock. He is bracing a device that will crash down from a hydraulic platform to simulate a 3-foot drop onto concrete.
Torture Testing Ultrabooks to Benefit Consumers
Ultrabook product testing influences design of 4th generation Intel Core processor.
In a space no larger than a one-car garage, Russ Brown, an Intel engineering technician, puts electronic devices through hell. Torturing Ultrabooks is monotonous and noisy work -- mechanical shock testing, for example, can mean several months of repeated banging to simulate a 3-foot drop onto concrete. But as Brown will attest, it makes for better computing devices.
"It's loud and repetitive, but that's part of what it takes for better-designed and more durable products," he said. Brown is part of a corporate quality network that punishes Intel-powered devices to collect data for the company's product and technology development teams and OEM partners.
"Our teams are eager to know how different customer designs can affect the reliability of Intel products," said Jagadeesh Radhakrishnan, a reliability engineer. "It also helps Intel understand how to design the next-generation product better in order to survive the growing expectations of new form factor designs such as convertibles and tablets."
Data collected from testing has influenced product design of systems based on the upcoming 4th generation Intel Core processor, formerly codenamed "Haswell."