Intel 32nm ULV Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs headed to ultrathins in June

Chris Davies - May 24, 2010, 9:14am CDT
Intel 32nm ULV Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs headed to ultrathins in June

Intel have officially announced their latest ultra-low voltage (ULV) Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which will be finding their way into ultraportable notebooks in the not-too-distant future.  The chips all use 32nm Nehalem processes and that adds up to performance gains and power frugality: Intel reckon up to 32-percent more grunt and up to 15-percent less battery consumption compared to existing chips.

There’s also support for Hyper Threading and Turbo Boost on select models across the range.  TDP across the range is just 17W, and certain CPUs can be paired with Intel HD Graphics.

Already Acer, ASUS, Lenovo and MSI are signed up to produce notebooks based on the new ULV processors, and Intel expect over 40 models to begin to debut in June 2010.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the list also includes the rumored Alienware M11x upgrade, tipped this weekend.

Press Release:

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.

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