Intel Introduces Ultra-Low Voltage Core 2010 Processor Lineup

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2010 isn't even halfway over, and already Intel is expanding their 2010Core lineup. That's the Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 family, which isgrowing today in the run-up to Computex. Previously, the chips werereserved for high-end desktops. Eventually, a few multi-media and gamingnotebooks took these CPUs in. Today, an even more power efficient groupof computers will be calling the Core 2010 for duty, with an expansioninto the Ultra-Thin laptop sector.

The newly designed chips utilize 32nm process technology in order todeliver 32% slimmer laptops and over 32% more performance. Ultra-thinnotebooks are known for having better-than-average battery life, andIntel's new 2010 Core Ultra-Low Voltage processors are said to reducepower consumption by 15%. Turbo Boost is also here, enabling performanceto be boosted on a moment's notice if a very intense application isfired up. In addition, the recently announced Mobile Intel 5 SeriesChipset designed for use with the ULV-based laptops expands support formultiple video and audio options, enhanced data and PC protection withIntel Anti-Theft Technology and robust data protection for users'digital assets.

Details beyond this are being kept close to Intel's chest, with over 40new designs are expected to be shown off next week at Computex from PCmakers like Acer, Asus, MSI, Lenovo, etc., all with availability inJune. If you thought the Ultra-Thin category was dying out, we think itjust got a nice shot in the arm.

The new processors are as follows:
Dual Core Processors Clock Speed (GHz) Turbo Speed (GHz) Threads L3 Cache Size
Core i7-660UM 1.33 2.40 4 4MB
Core i5-540UM 1.20 2.00 4 3MB
Core i5-430UM 1.20 1.73 4 3MB
Core i3-330UM 1.20 ? 4 3MB
Pentium U5400 1.20 ? 2 3MB
Celeron U3400 1.06 ? 2 2MB
Intel Expands 2010 Intel® Core™ Processor Family to Stylish Ultra-Thin Laptops

    * The number 32 is key -- Intel's chip design and unique manufacturing dubbed "32 nanometers" delivers 32 percent slimmer laptops and more than 32 percent better performance.
    * Smarter, faster processors offer the perfect balance of style and performance. Ultra-thin laptops typically are approximately 0.8 to 1 inch thick and 1 to 2 pounds lighter than traditional laptops.
    * Chips include a multitude of new technologies to enhance performance while offering great battery life, such as Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, which intelligently provides an immediate boost when needed for certain software and Intel® HD integrated high-definition graphics.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 24, 2010 – Intel Corporation introduced new Intel® Core™ processors today, extending the availability of its award-winning Intel Core processor family to more stylish, ultra-thin laptops. Ultraportable laptops – less than an inch thick and weighing just 2 to 5 pounds – offer the performance, battery life and connectivity consumers need on-the-go.

Based on Intel's 32 nanometer (nm) technology manufacturing, the processors are more than 32 percent smaller1 and deliver more than 32 percent better performance2, all in a lightweight, sleek design. These new processors also reduce power consumption3 more than 15 percent, resulting in great battery life.

"Consumers crave laptops that offer style and performance, and the new 2010 Intel® Core™ Ultra-Low Voltage processors for ultra-thin laptops delivers both, in one sleek design," said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel. "Intel's leadership in 32nm high-k metal gate process technology, combined with breakthrough architecture and design has enabled thinner, lighter and faster notebooks than previous models, with terrific battery life. Not only are laptops becoming ultraportable, but with the new processors inside, users will see faster response times and less waiting."

Processors that feature Intel® Turbo Boost Technology4 will automatically accelerate performance, adjusting to the workload to give users an immediate performance boost when needed. Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology5, available in Intel® Core™ i7, Intel® Core™ i5 and Intel® Core™ i3 processors, provides responsiveness and helps reduce latency when performing several tasks simultaneously. With Intel® HD Graphics, the processors deliver crystal-clear visuals, vibrant colors and smooth high-definition (HD) video and audio playback.

In addition, recently announced Mobile Intel® 5 Series Chipset designed for use with the ULV-based laptops expands support for multiple video and audio options, enhanced data and PC protection with Intel® Anti-Theft Technology and robust data protection for users' digital assets.

More than 40 designs are expected from computer makers such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo and MSI, and will be offered at a variety of price points beginning in June. For more information and images, visit To learn how ultra-thin can benefit your mobile lifestyle see the Intel Inside Scoop blog.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at
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Xylem replied on Tue, May 25 2010 12:37 AM

Amazing. Now we can really see some ultra thin notebooks and tablet PCs. How I wish M11x came out with a quad core i7 proc. May be the next gen M11x would have the Core i7 660UM replacement (read quad core)!

Please Intel get us that quad.

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realneil replied on Tue, May 25 2010 9:19 AM

I'd like to see a core i7 faster than the 870. It would be something to look forward to. The new 6 core AMD Black CPU is a sweet looking chip and the price is astounding considering it's performance.

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dlim783 replied on Thu, Jul 1 2010 11:42 PM

Bah! Not enough cores! Why can't Intel make more cores and decrease power consumption? That's definitely going to take amount of engineering and researching time.

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