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Intel to ship seven new CULV processors?

updated 09:55 am EDT, Mon August 24, 2009

Intel 7 New CULV in Oct

Intel is on the verge of dramatically swelling the ranks of its CULV (Consumer Ultra Low-Voltage) processor ranks if a leak of early information proves true. The chip producer is seen by Fudzilla as shipping seven processors in early October that would significantly expand the range. Two low-end models, the SU2500 and SU2600, should be joined by the mid-range SU4100, SU4500 and SU4700 as well as the high-end SU7300 and SU7800.

Most specifications are vague, though the SU2000-series updates should have faster clock speeds than the 1.2GHz SU2300 with 1MB of Level 2 cache. The SU4100 is clocked at 1.3GHz with 2MB of cache, and the SU7300 is expected to run at 1.3GHz with an unspecified but likely larger amount of cache.

All of the processors have a listed $289 bulk price, but it's unofficially expected that at least some of the processors will cost less and that the existing prices may be placeholders. Acer and ASUS are the first candidates to use the CULV chips, but they aren't thought to have exclusive rights.

The CULV category covers a number of low-power Celeron, Pentium and Core 2 processors that are all aimed at making ultraportable systems faster than netbooks but without much added cost, as systems like the Dell Inspiron 11z often cost little more than an average netbook. A major expansion suggests Intel is both hoping to replace netbooks with more profitable CULV systems as well as to appease holdouts such as Apple, which have complained that netbooks are too slow for many users.

By Electronista Staff


  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    What the heck is

    happening to mobile computers? These things are back to speeds of two years ago. I keep hearing that nobody wants MIDs or tablets and these processors seem like that's what they'd be perfect for. I still don't see the big lure of netbooks except for a backup computer. I can't believe college kids would be buying netbooks and be satisfied with their choice after a few months.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001



    Maybe the computer makers kept listening to the Mac users keep telling them that their computers are useful for over 5 years. Since PCs are at least half as useful as Macs, cut that down to two years. So they can save money by using slower chips and no one will care.

  1. LouZer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2000


    Re: What the heck

    Why are you insisting that you compare netbooks with their bigger cousins, notebooks? You don't seem to be complaining that the processor in your iPhone is slower than a mobile computer. Its because you expect to make tradeoffs.

    I still don't see the big lure of netbooks except for a backup computer.

    And that isn't a big enough lure for you? Or you think 'backup computer' isn't worth the money?

    Do you say the same thing about the MacBook Air, which is, in all intents and purposes, a 'backup' computer with limitations, except it costs MORE than a MacBook, not less.

    I can't believe college kids would be buying netbooks and be satisfied with their choice after a few months.

    Well, college kids with a BUDGET might be satisfied, as they'll be able to eat for a few more months.

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