Intel Prepping New CPUs for Ultrathin Laptops

Intel has a message for consumers, and that message is this: Thin is in. No, the Santa Clara chip maker isn't taking a dig at your recent weight gain, but is instead referring to its plans to introduce four new processors, all of which are intended to more heavily promote ultrathin laptops in the mainstream market.

"With an ultrathin laptop powered by Intel ultra-low voltage processors, consumers experience a unique balance of performance and power consumption that is incomparable in the market today – all in a slim, sleek package," said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of the Mobile Platforms Group at Intel. "And at mainstream price points, Intel is proud to deliver ultrathin for all."

This new chips will ship under Intel's Core i3 and Core i5 nomenclature and power laptops that could be considered netbooks, if not for their larger LCD displays and expanded functionality, Intel said. You can expect these processors to be a little less powerful than regular voltage Core i3 and Core i5 parts, which are priced between $133 and $294, but offer more performance than the chip maker's Atom processor line.

According to Stephen Smith, vice president and director of PC client operations and enabling at Intel, the new processors will find homes in ultrathins in the second half of 2010.
Via:  Intel
Chainzsaw 4 years ago

Very nice.

I wonder if these chips are physically smaller than their regular core i3 or core i5 parts? I wonder if they will still have Hyper Threading?

This should allow for 10hr+ plus mobile time in laptops now designed for power savings. Of course there are some laptops out there already that can do that..but this should drive up the minnimum mobility time.

mrbrownsound 4 years ago

How much less powerful are these going to be compared to the normal voltage i3 and i5?

I'd love to see a performance tests on applications done with these new chips compared to the standard duel cores or atom processors.

realneil 4 years ago

I too would like to see the performance of these chips reviewed. I'll wait for their release and I know they will be (as always) reviewed here.

They will definitely allow for smaller devices and hopefully they'll be just as powerful or more so, as what we have now.

dlim783 4 years ago

They'll eventually keep making it smaller, quieter, and faster.

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