New power-efficient Intel PC chips could boost battery life for Windows 8 tablets

Intel (INTC) is reportedly planning to make significant changes to its Ivy Bridge processors that could see a new wave of powerful and battery-efficient Windows 8 tablets launch in the near future, according to a report from CNET. By lowering power consumption, PC makers could build tablets or even PC/tablet hybrids that will have batteries that last all-day as opposed to just a few hoursCNET’s report says it’s not clear when Intel plans to push out the more efficient Ivy Bridge processors and that they won’t be available this year. Intel has been criticized in the last several years for its failure to make Medfield-powered smartphones that compete with ARM’s mobile processors. It’s believed Intel’s inability to build capable chips for the mobile market is one contributing reason as to why CEO Paul Otellini is retiring in May 2013.


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