Intel's limited edition 'Ivy Bridge' chips to enable new laptops, tablets

Intel Corporation plans to discuss limited edition versions of its 3rd Generation Core processors (that are Intel's most power efficient to date) at Consumer Electronic Show (CES) next week.

Company will discuss further about limited-run versions of its Ivy Bridge processor that are expected to be used by select laptop and tablet vendors, as the chipmaker tries to take on rivals with increasingly power-efficient Core series silicon.

The 3rd Generation processor (Ivy Bridge) will have a power rating below 10 watts, allowing the processor to throttle down to a sub-10-watt power envelope. Intel spokesman informed CNET that this "will enable new ultrabook designs" and the chip is "coming very soon."

Intel did not specify how far below 10 watts these special "Y" series Ivy Bridge processors will go, though Intel vice president is expected to talk about the processors at CES.

The Ivy Bridge chips were first mentioned at Intel's annual developer conference last year but it wasn't clear at that time if Intel and its partners would go forward with designs.

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