Just days (three, to be precise) after information pertaining to Intel's upcoming desktop processors was leaked, details of Intel's mobile versions of its Ivy Bridge CPU lineup may have leaked as well. According to some internal product layouts released by VR-Zone, Intel is putting an end to the low-voltage CPU type seen in Sandy Bridge, consolidatiing the product line down to just standard voltage and ULV (ultra-low voltage) versions. Intel now has programmable TDP in its mobile processors, essentially rendering the low-voltage product line redundant.
First of all, the standard-voltage lineup brings with it an ample speed boost to notebook users, with options reaching from a 2.6 GHz dual-core i5, all the way to an Extreme Edition 2.9GHz quad-core i7. For the chips possibly ending up in next year's plethora of ULV-powered ultrabooks, Intel will be gearing up to launch two different models, a 1.8GHz dual-core i5, with the potential of up to 2.8GHz single-core turbo speeds, and a 2GHz dual-core i7, which maxes out at 3.2 GHz single-core turbo speeds.
Intel's chip roadmap has the new mobile chips tentatively scheduled for May, so, much later than the January launch of Sandy Bridge this year. Additionally, all models across the lineup will feature Intel HD 4000 graphics (no surprise here, eh?) and DDR3 RAM clocked at 1600MHz. Expect finalized, official details from Intel after the company's keynote this January at the Consumer Electronics Show. We'll keep you updated when CES rolls around next month.