Right on the heels of the Menlo platform announcement, Intel has released a new UMPC (ultra mobile PC) spec called Moorestown. From DailyTech:

The big kicker for Menlow is its substantial improvement in battery life over available UMPC offerings. Menlow has approximately twice the life of current devices, reaching up to 6 hours of regular use and 10.5 hours of standby.

Before Menlow devices make it to the mainstream, Intel this week announced another major milestone for its ultra-mobile platform. Called Moorestown,
Intel revealed that by roughly mid 2009, we will be able to see devices
that consume 20 times less power than devices available in 2006.
According to Intel roadmaps, Moorestown devices will be able to last a full day's of mixed productivity and leisure activities — approximately 24 hours.

What sets Moorestown
apart from previous processors is the fact that it combines CPU, GPU
and memory controller functions into one chip. Essentially, this is the
same intention that AMD has with its Fusion program. AMD's Fusion
also encompasses mobile devices as well as desktops. It is only a
matter of time before we see the same idea from Intel in the desktop
space being applied to devices such as thin clients and budget PCs.

A 24 hour battery life would break a major barrier for a practical nurse-carried mobile device. Pictured right is an example of a Moorestown based device.

[Hat tip: Gizmodo]