Intel plans 10-watt Ivy Bridge processors for 2013, signaling longer battery life or thinner PCs

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If you want to build or buy an ultrathin laptop with Intel inside, you’ve got a difficult choice. Right now, you can pick between a powerful Core i3, i5 or i7 processor which might not make it through your average workday, or a comparatively weak Atom chip with an estimated 10 hours of battery life. If you’re willing to wait until this middle of next year, though, there might be a third option. Intel’s planning to drastically reduce the power consumption of its existing Ivy Bridge silicon architecture to a TDP (thermal profile) of just 10 watts.

Currently, the ultra-low voltage Ivy Bridge processors you’ll find in thin laptops like Apple’s MacBook Air have a 17-watt TDP, and though Intel already provides software that can tune them down…

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