The ULV chips in progress (via Intel)
Intel announced the release of a series of mobile ULV (ultra-low voltage) processors for ultra-book manufacturers such as MSI, Acer, ASUS and a host of others. The chips include the entry-level Celeron family including the ULV 807 (1.05GHZ), 877 (1.04GHz) and the U3400 (1.03GHz) made using Intel’s new 32 nanometer wafer manufacturing process and cost $70 US, $86 US and $134 US respectively. The company states that these new chips are not only 32% smaller over the previous generation of Celeron mobile processors but also feature a 32% increase in overall performance.
The company is also releasing a next generation of Ivy Bridge dual-core mobile processors that include the Core i3 330M (2.13GHz), Core i5 520UM (1.06GHz) and Core i7 620M (2.66GHz) priced at $225 US, $241 US and $332 US respectively. These processors feature Hyper-Threading and Turbo-Boost technology, which overclocks the processor for increased speed based on workloads. In all, these new processors chew-up less power than the previous gen by more than 15% resulting in longer battery life for the up-coming netbooks. Intel say’s that more than 40 different designs from the various manufacturers are expected with their price-point based on 1000 units for the OEM’s only. It’s Intel’s hope that the reduced prices of the new processors will result in cheaper notebooks with prices starting at $699 US and dropping to $599 US by the end of this year or the beginning of next year (2013) and we can expect to see the first of these notebook designs starting in June.