Earlier this year Intel revealed its mobile Sandy Bridge lineup, including a slew of 45W quad-core Core i7 SKUs. Next year Ivy Bridge will expand the range to include a 35W quad-core Core i7 SKU. Shaving off 10W off the TDP should enable somewhat smaller notebooks to enjoy the benefits of a quad-core CPU. Apple in particular is limited to 35W in its 13-inch MacBook Pro chassis, we may see a quad-core option in the 2012 13-inch Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro as a result.

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  • Wolfpup - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    EH?!? I'd much rather ditch the worthless integrated graphics entirely. Complete waste of hundreds of millions of transistors.

    This makes sense then can do a 35 watt TDP, given the die shrink, although considering you can stick a current quad in a tiny enclosure like a Macbook Pro, I'm not sure hitting that TDP is all that important, if the world were sane.

    I'm really impressed with Intel's current entry level 2GHz Sandy Bridge quad Asus uses in the G74. Surprisingly, it overclocks itself to 2.5GHz SUSTAINED when faced with 8 threads hitting it at 100%...and does that indefinitely. I Folded on it all night, and it never dipped below 2.5GHz for all four cores (well, 2.495GHz, or whatever the actual clock speed is).
  • Arnulf - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    I too would want that very much ! I'd settle for i5 2500K-like performance, 4 cores with 4 threads, under 35W with all four cores loaded 100%. That and one of the upcoming Radeon HD7000 series 50-60W cards with BIG and efficient fan :)

    I love performance of today's computers but I miss the cool operation from 15+ years ago. If I wanted a space heater, I would have purchased one.
  • trivik12 - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    and 10W dual core with graphics as good as ivy bridge one. That should be enough to keep both AMD and ARM at bay.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    Probably less than that. Intel is dropping power levels across the board for Haswell. 17W will be the new 35,
  • AtwaterFS - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - link

    a guy wearing a beret
  • duploxxx - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    Guess what Intel, it's already existing and available for order.

    It's called A8-3500m and A6-3400m

    while the cpu might be quite a bit less powerfull, the gpu isn't :)
  • maroon1 - Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - link

    CPU is even less powerful than dual core Sandy bridge

    Are you seriously comparing Quad core ivy bridge to A8 and A6 ?! LOL !

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