Intel Moves Nehalem to ULV for Ultra-Thin Laptops
Getting ready for small, powerful notebooks.
Intel's transition to the Nehalem architecture for all of its mainstream processors is now complete. The chipmaker announced the extension of its Nehalem-based Core processor family into ultra-thin and ultraportable laptop designs.
In its press release, Intel stressed the number 32, as the chips are manufactured on the 32nm process, and deliver 32 percent slimmer laptops and more than 32 percent better performance.
These new processors also reduce power consumption more than 15 percent, resulting in better 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."
Like the rest of the current Westmere family, the Core i5 and i7 support Turbo Boost to automatically accelerate performance, while the entire line features Hyper-Threading to process two threads per core.
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.