Intel’s next-generation chips for notebooks, tablets, and ultrabooks will use even less power than the Ivy Bridge ultra low voltage chips introduced this year. In mid-2013, the first 4-th generation Core processors (code-named Haswell) should hit the market, and they’ll use just 10 to 15 watts of power, or as much as 50 percent less energy than today’s lowest power Ivy Bridge processors.


That could lead to ultrabooks and tablets that get significantly better battery life than models running today’s Core i3 and Core i5 chips.

The BBC reports Haswell chips also offer improved graphics performance as well as better support for speech and facial recognition, among other things.

According to Anandtech’s liveblog from an Intel event in San Francisco, Haswell chips will use 20 times less power when idle than last year’s Sandy Bridge chips. No, I don’t know why Intel isn’t comparing Haswell to this year’s Ivy Bridge processors.

Meanwhile, Intel expects Haswell chips to offer twice as much performance as an Ivy Bridge chip.

Unlike 3rd generation Core (Ivy Bridge) processors, which launched first for high-end notebooks and desktops, Intel will be taking a mobile-first approach when it launches Haswell in 2013. So we’ll see tablet and notebook chips before more powerful desktop versions.

Laptop Magazine shot some video of the Haswell demonstration.

Chippy from Ultrabook News also took some notes at the press event. You can check them out for more details about the technology behind the Haswell platform.

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4 replies on “Intel outlines plans for 10W Haswell chips in 2013”

  1. I think the reason that they are comparing to Sandy Bridge is that it was the last Tick in the Tick Tock cycle, which makes it a fair comparison for the Tick that is Haswell. Ivy was updated more than your usual Tock but it was still the move to 22nm proof of concept not something revolutionary like they try to do once they’re onto that process…

    Just a thought.

    1. Good point but you got the Tick-Tock backwards, the die shrinks are Ticks and the Architectural updates are the Tocks. So they’re comparing two Tocks!

    2. It’s probably just that 20 times sounds more impressive than 2 times, plus you don’t want to put people off buying your latest product range.

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