Even before Haswell's 10W ULV run sometime by mid 2013, Intel will have a limited SKU set of 10W ULV Ivy Bridge processors, likely under the Core i3 moniker. One step below the 17W UltraBook level, and one step above typical tablet ARM/Atom processors, can these CPUs power a super-tablet running a full Windows or Linux OS rather than Android or Windows RT?
As you can read around the Web, Intel is further reducing the TDP goal for the lowest-power ULV version of their next generation Haswell processor in 2013. While the current Ivy Bridge ULV grade is at 17 Watts, seen in most Ultrabooks as well as energy efficient Xeon E3 mini-servers, Haswell was supposed to bring that down to 15 W. Well, not anymore – the new target is 10 Watts TDP. And, not only that – there'll be at least one special limited-run SKU of Ivy Bridge CPU around the New Year time, which will also be set at 10 W.
Benefits compared to the usual ARM tablets? Well, you could run 64-bit Windoze 7 or 8, at full speed, with all the usual PC apps, rather than relying on a 'restricted' OS of sorts, and, if adding a keyboard like in the Asus docking case, it'd be a nice alternative even to Ultrabooks. And, yes, good performance, until of course the next ARM generation props up – that same year as well, and with 64-bitness added to boot.