Intel Announces Three New ULV Processors for Notebooks
Intel has quietly added three new low-powered chips to its notebook processor lineup. The Core i5 and i7 dual-core processors have clock speeds ranging from 1.7 to 1.8GHz.
The new processors are based on the company’s ‘Sandy Bridge’ micro architecture; they have a thermal power design of 17W, which is less than half as much as the company’s standard Core i5 and i7 dual-core processors. The following dual-core processors have been announced:
- Core i5-2557M: 1.7GHz (Turbo Boost to 2.7GHz), 3MB cache
- Core i7-2637M: 1.7GHz (Turbo Boost to 2.8GHz), 4MB cache
- Core i7-2677M: 1.8GHz (Turbo Boost to 2.9GHz), 4MB cache
The Core i5 is essentially the same processor as the i7; the only differences are the lower clockspeed and slightly less cache (3MB vs. 4MB). The processors have integrated graphics cards: integrated Intel HD graphics. Expect to see these processors appear in ultra-portable notebooks in the coming months; it is a possibility they will appear in the inevitable Apple MacBook Air refresh.