Ivy Bridge Intel changes configurable TDP specs of Ultrabook Ivy Bridge processors

Although good news in a way for Intel, it seems that the demand for its Ultrabook specific Ivy Bridge processors have been much higher than Intel initially anticipated and the company has as such had to make some changes to the configurable TDP of said processors. It appears that the company can't meet its earlier targets, at least not if it's going to be able to provide large enough quantities of the CPUs.

Although good news in a way for Intel, it seems that the demand for its Ultrabook specific Ivy Bridge processors have been much higher than Intel initially anticipated and the company has as such had to make some changes to the configurable TDP of said processors. It appears that the company can't meet its earlier targets, at least not if it's going to be able to provide large enough quantities of the CPUs.

The changes aren't big and the nominal TDP remains at 17W and the same goes for the highest configurable TDP for these chips which stays at 25W. However, the lowest configurable TDP has been increased from 13W to 14W and the same goes for the low frequency mode. In addition the low power mode has increased from 11W to 12.5W.

This might seem trivial, but for some notebook makers this could potentially mean a re-design of the cooling system, not exactly a non-trivial change. It's likely that Intel has picked chips that would otherwise have been binned differently, but due to the high demand the company had to bin them as U-series processors. Currently Intel is planning on launching its Ivy Bridge Ultrabook platform sometime in May and the new TDP changes aren't likely to have a huge effect for most of its partners as there's still plenty of time to make any changes that might be needed.