Even before Haswell Intel plans to release lower-power Ivy Bridge chips

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CNET reports that according to an industry source “familiar with” Intel’s plans, the chipmaker will be tweaking their Ivy Bridge processor to achieve even lower power ratings.

The chip currently uses around 17 watts, compared to the 2 watts of ARM chipsets, and the 10 watt Haswell chipsets is set to only arrive in 2014.

In 2013 however CNET predicts Intel will be working at reducing the power consumption  of current design Ivy Bridge processors to make them more suitable for tablets.

Of course Intel does have its Atom range, which competes better with ARM chips, but with low power consumption also comes lower performance, which often turn away buyers hoping to do real work with their x86 hybrid tablets.

Unfortunately it is unlikely the chips will be ready for the Microsoft Surface Pro, which is expected to be released with current generation Ivy Bridge processors at the end of January 2013, but who knows, both Intel and Microsoft may surprise us.

Read more at CNET.com.

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