Rumor: Intel to cut power use of future "Ivy Bridge" chips?

Intel is on a quest to make its current PC chips use less power. That is, at least, the plan for future versions of its current processor design, best known under its "Ivy Bridge" code name.

CNet.com reports, via unnamed sources, that Intel will cut the power usage of these chips "well below" that of Ivy Bridge's current rating of 17 watts. That could allow these chips to be put inside Windows 8 tablets. The report claims that these new versions won't be made available for PC OEMs to use this year.

These new Ivy Bridge chips will apparently not arrive in time for Microsoft to use them in their upcoming Surface Pro tablets. Microsoft said last week that the Windows 8 Pro version of its 10.6 inch tablet would use "Intel’s next generation Core i5 processor" but CNet's report claims that the Surface Pro's Intel chip will still be rated for 17 watts.

Indeed, the general manager of the Surface at Microsoft, Panos Panay, admitted last week that the Surface Pro tablet would only have about half the battery life than the current Surface tablet, which uses an NVIDIA chip based on a design from ARM.

Intel recently launched its Clover Trail processor, which were made to be used by Windows 8-based tablets. While Clover Trail chips are designed to use a low amount of power, they don't offer the performance of Ivy Bridge chips. Intel's next major processor is code named Haswell, and is due to launch in late 2013. The company says its power consumption will be rated as low as 10 watts.

Source: CNet.com | Images via Intel and Microsoft

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Don't you think if AMD or Intel wanted or could produce lower core chips but offer performance they would? You don't just wake up one day and go "hey guys lets start cranking out magically low power consuming chips that still have everything and the kitchen sink".

Look, x86 tablets have been around for years and ever generation its the same thing "oh X chip is going to be amazing and do this and this blah blah blah" and every gen its the same thing - a bit of progress, which is good - and the point being there is no magic chip.

Haswell will have compromises, baytrail will have compromises, AMD's Hondu has compromises etc. Just the age we live in but we are getting there amd making progress slowly.

The only thing thats been screwed up with the launch of Win8 is the tablets and thats on the oems not intel, but on the same token for years now Intel and oems have produced tablets, MIDS, Umpcs, origami devices etc all of which have just been expensive, niche, profit losing ventures so despite the fact that I would love to get my hands on all their new wares, I don't blame them for being cautious initially.

yet again proving that OEMs totally screwed the windows 8 device ecosystem. not only by not providing enough touch hardware but by intel being late to the game even when MSFT announced windows 8 years ago.

can you imagine if intel had done this originally? we would have had hundreds of low power ivy bridge tablets by now on the market. instead we're left with ARM, which off course performs mediocre as years of arm devices have shown, or a fanned monster like core i7, or a crippled cpu that can even support 1920x1080 like clovertrail.

intel dropped the ball in such magnificent way one wonders if they even see the writing on the wall when the next gen snap dragons are soon going to be powerful enough to challenge their low end chips.

Frank2029 said,
Hold on a sec.. hold on a sec.... an i5 in a tablet? yea... looks like im getting that!!!!

i5's have been available in a tablet for a while. Samsung's Series 7 slate is i5 powered and it's been around almost a year.

Screw efficiency. Good luck stuffing x86 into a box it'll never fit into. Bring better batteries, because that technology has been sitting on ass since the beginning of time.

i wonder what chips would be possible to craft if they didnt follow their agenda to incrementally improve things just to gain as much profit as possible over time.

i think we are far from best possible performance/efficiency with the current chips.

typu said,
i wonder what chips would be possible to craft if they didnt follow their agenda to incrementally improve things just to gain as much profit as possible over time.

i think we are far from best possible performance/efficiency with the current chips.


They switched to Tick-Tock as their original model of trying to introduce a new process and a new micro-architecture at the same time failed them miserably (think Pentium 4)...

typu said,
i wonder what chips would be possible to craft if they didnt follow their agenda to incrementally improve things just to gain as much profit as possible over time.

i think we are far from best possible performance/efficiency with the current chips.

Indeed, we're far from the best, but that distance will be constant. To say it better, "we will never see the current best performance/efficiency chip. As consumers we will only be able to get 2, 3 or even more gens behind. Also, in the pretentious status quo in computing components, many factors keeping us away from getting the best. Many companies should agree and many standards should change... But of course, they won't do it. To go even deeper in Tech generally, we could get equipment that never "breaks"... but then, for how long these companies would be producing the billions they currently make.

Edited by PC EliTiST, Dec 3 2012, 9:18am :

i wonder if some day a very wealthy philantropist comes along who decides to produce a certain good, superior in price and quality over any other of that kind, and distributes it with a zero profit margin (all labour costs etc taken into account) all around the world. that would mess things up, wouldnt it?

e.g. a philantropist loving tech gear :-)

PC EliTiST said,

Indeed, we're far from the best, but that distance will be constant. To say it better, "we will never see the current best performance/efficiency chip. As consumers we will only be able to get 2, 3 or even more gens behind. Also, in the pretentious status quo in computing components, many factors keeping us away from getting the best. Many companies should agree and many standards should change... But of course, they won't do it. To go even deeper in Tech generally, we could get equipment that never "breaks"... but then, for how long these companies would be producing the billions they currently make.

spy beef said,
I rather wait for Win 8 tablets running the new Haswell chip.

true but given intel has pretty much indicated they don't give a damn, I wouldn't hold my breath. I mean how many YEARS have they had to produce this chip and only NOW are they even bothering to do so, and it is LATE to windows 8.

if this is intel caring, well we can expect haswell mobile variant in 2015 at the earliest.