LAS VEGAS--Ultrabooks are nice, but tablets are even smaller. Unfortunately, Intel's Core i-series processors haven't been a perfect fit in that regard. Intel announced tweaks to its current Ivy Bridge lineup at this year's CES that will make thinner, better battery-efficient laptops and tablets in a matter of months.
While fourth-gen Intel Core i-series processors aren't here yet, more power-efficient 7-watt Intel Ivy Bridge processors are shipping now that allow thinner laptops and tablets with better battery life than the previous 10-watt CPUs.
These will show up in systems as early as this spring, in devices like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S and thinner tablets from Acer and other manufacturers.
Although it sounds like a hold-the-fort move, it's also a necessary development to get Windows 8 touch convertibles off the ground and working as fast and as compactly as we expect them to.