Intel is to launch a selection of ultra-low power Ivy Bridge processors, aimed at the tablet market and with a thermal design profile of less than 10W, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Last Vegas later this month.
Full 64 bit Ivy Bridge architecture below 10 Watts! This is truly a no-compromise solution that just runs everything from server grade Linux to the latest W8 and does so with a power envelope of a mobile device. It will probably run fanless in mini form factor. The market for devices built around this can grow faster than Kudzu in a Florida lake.
"A sub-10W Ivy Bridge processor would be a game-changer in a number of ways. Currently, the low-power processor market is all-but monopolised by ARM and its multitudinous licensees, and while Intel's x86-based Atom processors are making some headway in this market their lacklustre performance leaves manufacturers cold at the thought of the effort required in an architecture switch. An Ivy Bridge Core-series processor at a sub-10W TDP, however, would be a very different proposition, offering a full-fat 64-bit x86 experience - a far cry from the 32-bit Atom chips Intel currently sells to the low-power market."