Intel is continuing to push for PC makers to use its Ultrabook design for upcoming thin and light notebooks. Thisismynext.com reports that during today's keynote speech at the Intel Developer Forum, the company's CEO Paul Otellini told the crowd that Intel has a number of upcoming chips that will offer lower power usage while at the same time increasing their processor speed.
In 2012, Intel plans to release processors that go by the code name Ivy Bridge. Compared to the current Sandy Bridge family of processors, which has a 32nm production design, Ivy Bridge chips are being built with the 22nm design in mind. That should allow the processors to have a much lower power consumption.
In addition, Intel claims that its Tri-Gate technology will allow for Ivy Bridge chips to be made for different case sizes and designs. Otellini said that production of the Ivy Bridge processors will actually begin in the fourth quarter of 2011. The article speculates that the CES 2012 trade show in January will see the first products with the Ivy Bridge family of chips inside shown off by notebook companies.
The next big processor leap by Intel will come in 2013 when it plans to release processors with the code named Haswell. The Register reports that according to Otellini, notebooks that have Haswell inside will use power at just one twentieth the amount of current processors. Intel predicts that such notebooks would have a battery life that would last "all day" with continued use (it's not clear exactly what "all day" really means) and will have 10 days of standby power.