In July, Intel confirmed it was working on a version of its fourth generation Core processors, code named Haswell, that were being designed to conserve energy more compared to normal Core chips. Today, PCWorld reports that those processors have begun to be shipped to OEMs.
The report says that the new processors will be sold under the Core i3 branding, with one of the chips, the dual-core Core i3-4012Y, capable of using just 4.5 watts of power when placed in a tablet. The chip has a clock speed of 1.5GHz. Two more new dual-core Haswell chips, the 1.5GHz Core i3-4020Y and the 1.3GHz Core i3-4010Y, use about 6 watts of power each.
The new chips have been designed and made to be installed inside upcoming fanless tablets along with new laptop-tablet hybrids. They are supposed to use up to 50 percent less energy than normal Core chips, which launched earlier this summer. They likely will find themselves inside a number of new Windows 8.1 tablets, hybrids and notebooks. Intel is also working on new low performance, and low power, Atom chips with the Bay Trail design that will be put inside some Windows 8.1 tablets later this year.
Source: PCWorld | Image via Intel