Prior to releasing Haswell processors in 2013, Intel will be introducing five significant Ivy Bridge processors for notebooks.
As seen in a slide from VR-Zone, what makes this CPUs special is the fact that Intel will be dropping the thermal design power of its ULV processors for the first time in several years. While the current lineup is designed for at least 17 watts power consumption, the upcoming dual-core Core i3-3229Y, Core i5-3239Y, Core i5-3439Y, and Core i7-3689Y will be dropping to 13 watts. Intel will even be launching a Pentium dual-core that is rated at just 10 watts.
Don't expect performance monsters with clock speeds between 1.1 GHz and 1.5 GHz, but there are clearly interesting opportunities for innovative Ultrabook designs and we would be surprised if those CPUs did not end up in a microserver design, which calls for CPUs that consume less than 15 watts. These specific Ivy Bridge processors will also come with a technology that will allow system vendors to limit the TDP of the CPUs even further (cTDP). The i-series will then run at 10 watts, and the Pentium at 7 watts.
All five new CPUs are expected to launch in Q1 2013.
Here are some Specs of current Ivy Bridge 17 watt
processors (for comparison to the 10 watt and 13 watt ones in the chart above.)
(2 cores/4 threads, 1.8 Ghz, no turbo, HD4000 with 1.05 Ghz max frequency)
(2 cores/4 threads. 1.7 Ghz with 2.6 Ghz turbo, HD4000 with 1.05 Ghz max frequency)
(2 cores/4 threads. 1.7 Ghz with 2.8 Ghz turbo, HD4000 with 1.0 Ghz max frequency)
Specs of upcoming 17 watt
Ivy Bridge processors:
(2 cores/4 threads, 1.8 Ghz, 2.8 Ghz turbo, HD4000 with 1.15 Ghz max frequency)
(2 cores/4 threads, 2.0 Ghz with 3.2 Ghz turbo, HD4000 with 1.15 Ghz max frequency)
Now looking at a cross section of the i5s (both 13 watt and 17 watt):
i5Y 13 watt (low bin): 2 cores/4 threads, 1.5 Ghz with 2.0 turbo, HD4000 with 850 Mhz max frequency)
i5Y 13 watt (high bin): 2 cores/4 threads, 1.5 Ghz with 2.3 Ghz turbo, HD4000 with 850 MHz max frequency)
i5 17 watt (current model): 2 cores/4 threads. 1.7 Ghz with 2.6 Ghz turbo, HD4000 with 1.05 Ghz max frequency
i5 17 watt (upcoming model) : 2 cores/4 threads, 1.8 Ghz, 2.8 Ghz turbo, HD4000 with 1.15 Ghz max frequency
The high bin 13 watt i5 compares favorably with the current 17 watt i5, but notice the upcoming 17 watt i5 widens the gap between 17 watt and 13 watt. (The extra four watts really seems to help!)
WATCHA THINK ABOUT DAT ??????
Wonder if this will cross over and effect future low power HTPC's....