Intel recently revealed the first extensive details about their new power saving Ivy Bridge CPU’s. The 5 new models range from 7 to 13 watts in terms of power consumption. The new processors are intended for Windows 8 tablets and the Microsoft Surface is a likely candidate for the upgrade.
VR-Zone published a slide from Intel showing all the details about the 5 processors in the “Y series” which are slated to come out in the first quarter of 2013. The TDP of the chips is listed as between 10 to 13 watts, but depending on the intended configuration, only 7 to 10 watts might be necessary. The dual core CPUs clock in at 1.1, 1.4 and 1.5 GHz and can be overclocked with Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz.
The following models will be available: Intel Pentium 2129Y (1.1 GHz, 2MB L3 cache), Intel Core i3-3229Y (1.4 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache), Intel Core i5-3339Y (1.5 GHz, Turbo Boost to 2.0 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache), Intel Core i5-3439Y (1.5 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.3 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache) and Intel Core i5-3689Y (1.5 GHz, Turbo Boost to 2.6 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache). The Pentium has a simple Intel HD Graphics unit, while the Core versions boast Intel HD Graphics 4000. The graphics card can go a maximum of 850 MHz. The difference between the chips is primarily in the timing, the size, the L3 cache and the maximum TurboBoost frequency.
The 22-nanometer scale is used in production for all the chips. Intel achieved the economical power consumption of the new chips with a lower clock speed and a reduction in the maximum Turbo Boost frequency. The exact date of release is still unknown. What is certain is that all the CPU’s are designed for low-power notebooks and, more importantly, tablets. If all goes according to plan, we’ll see new tablets in the beginning of 2013, with Intel x86 processors and Windows 8 offering higher performance than Atom-based devices with only minor drawbacks in terms of battery life.