updated 07:45 am EDT, Tue June 2, 2009
Intel CULV and 3GHz C2D
Intel at Computex today formally outlined the details of its mid-year refresh of its notebook processors, including its Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) platform. The new platform is intended to bring ultraportable designs to low-cost but still reasonably fast systems and centers on Intel's new GS40 mobile chipset. The technology is a fraction the size of the regular notebook platform, permitting far smaller and thinner systems, but still has a GMA 4500 graphics core capable of full hardware HD video decoding, higher-level 3D features and native HDMI output.
Although Intel is silent on which processors qualify for CULV, it says all of them consume 10W or less of thermal peak power. Previous reports have said that the 1.2GHz Celeron 723, 1.3GHz Pentium SU2700, 1.4GHz Core 2 Solo SU3500, and 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo SU9600 are key to the launch.
CULV has launched first in Acer's Timeline series as well as the Lenovo IdeaPad U350. Other customers haven't been mentioned, though at least Dell is expected to introduce the Inspiron Mini 11 on the architecture this summer.
In addition to its CULV efforts, Intel has also updated its full-size mobile processors with three new chips headlined by its first to cross the 3GHz mark. The 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo T9900 bests the previous 2.93GHz part but has the same 35W of typical power use and 6MB of Level 2 cache. Other processors are intended to bring lower power use to higher clock speeds: the 2.83GHz P9700 uses just 25W of power without sacrificing cache, while the 2.66GHz P8800 is a more economical alternative to Intel's current mid-range Core 2 Duo with both 25W power draw and 3MB of Level 2 cache.
All of the processors should be available to PC makers today.
Full-size Core 2 Duo and GS45 chipset (top) versus CULV processor and GS40 chipset (below)