Intel has begun shipping to tablet makers its fourth-generation Core i3 processors, which use less power than their predecessors.
The chip maker claims these — which go be the code name Haswell — will use up to 50% less power than third-generation Ivy Trail processors.
Among the first of these to be available is the dual-core Core i3-4012Y which runs at 1.5GHz. Intel claims that this can, under certain circumstances, use as little as 4.5 watts. In more typical situations is uses 11.5 watts.
The equally new 1.5GHz Core i3-4020Y and the 1.3GHz Core i3-4010Y can use as little as 6 watts, but also more typically draw 11.5 watts.
They come with 4200-series GPUs and 3MB of cache. They support DDR3 memory.
This chips will power many of the Windows tablets that are released in the coming months. They could also appear in some Android-based tablets.