CES 2013: Low Power Intel Core Processor Announced - Coming To Surface Pro?

By Vamien McKalin email: v.mckalin@mobilenapps.com | Jan 10, 2013 10:11 AM EST

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Intel is surely taking CES 2013 by storm with all the announcements the company has made so far. However, despite talking about fourth generation core processors, Intel managed to squeeze in some information about low-power Ivy Bridge processors.

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It is no secret that Intel Ivy Bridge processors are not that power friendly. This is the main reason the Surface Pro is thicker than the Surface RT and almost every other tablet with ARM inside. For the uninitiated, the Ivy Bridge core in the Surface Pro is 17 watts, far too much for a tablet that is designed for mobility.

However, the good news is that Intel worked some magic and managed to come up with a 7-watt Ivy Bridge processor. The consensus is that these processors could find their way into the revised versions of the Surface Pro, or even the v1.0 product since the chipsets have been shipped out to manufacturers.

Looking into this new low-powered Ivy Bridge chip from Intel, one has to wonder how the company shaved off 10 watts so quickly. It is likely that this chip could be running slower than the previous versions; however, that alone is not enough to answer this burning question.

Still, despite Intel touting its low-power chips, in reality, none of them allow for a fan-less design in tablets and Ultrabooks. Until OEMS can do this with Intel chips, ARM will always be ahead in the mobile department.

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