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Battery life. Most laptops need more of it. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of processor options on the current market that don’t run down a battery. The best choices include Intel’s Core i3, i5, and i7 options, but laptops equipped with any of these processors will last ten hours at best. What about Ivy Bridge? Intel’s latest processor that promises longer battery life? Ivy Bridge is, indeed, an improvement over previous processors, but a laptop packed with the current Intel Ivy Bridge chip will only last a few hours.

Today, Intel announced that the company is working on a new Ivy Bridge chip. Intel is currently working on a way to reduce the amount of power consumed by processors. According to Intel’s latest press release, the newest Ivy Bridge offering will have a 10-watt TDP as opposed to 13-watts. In short, the new chip will take a lot less power, and that, in turn, means longer laptop battery life. When will the new chip be presented, available, and inside of laptops?

Intel’s New Processor Release Information

Intel hasn’t announced an exact release date. However, the company has hinted at mid next year. Right now, Intel is perfecting the new 10-watt processor. Today, The Verge reported that Intel’s new processor will not be officially released until later next year. As The Verge points out, it’s fairly safe to assume that ultrabooks and tablets will likely change in order to accommodate the new Intel processors. How will devices change? It’s hard to say, exactly, but whenever a new lower power chip is introduced, devices tend to change along with that release date.

Devices, for example, that house larger batteries (in order to appease consumer demand for extended battery life) are larger and heavier. So, logically, a device that does not need to have a large and heavy battery space will be lighter and thinner as a result. You may, deductively, begin seeing lighter and thinner ultrabooks and tablets on the market next year. Wouldn’t it be great to have a portable device that lasts a really long time and is light enough to lug around on an extended business trip? This is exactly what Intel is aiming for.

Performance Concerns and Issues

Typically, chips that have a lower TDP do not have strong performance capabilities. Whether or not Intel will be able to create a chip with a low TDP that also has excellent performance offerings is unclear, but it would be a big day for Intel if the new chips do not decrease performance-wise while also offering longer battery life. Intel is not releasing additional data about the new chips at the time being. However, it is clear that the company is excited about the new chips, the possibility of a powerful chip that doesn’t consume as much energy, and redefining the way that tablets and ultrabooks are made.

For more information about Intel’s latest processors, stay tuned to this blog. As soon as Intel release more details, I will let you know about it.