updated 11:20 am EDT, Wed April 28, 2010
Ultraportables to get 1.46GHz ULV Core i7 in 2010
Intel is planning a second significant update to its ultra-low voltage mobile chips besides what's on schedule for the summer, according to leaks. Besides the 1.33GHz Core i7 slated for the summer, a 1.46GHz Core i7, the 680UM, is also now believed due for the fall. The chip would still have the same 18W thermal peak power but would clock up to 2.53GHz in Turbo Boost mode.
Like other Core i7s, it should support Hyperthreading to behave like a four-core chip with optimized apps and would have the full 4MB of cache. The bulk pricing wasn't mentioned, but the pricing will likely have the new chip replace one of its faster predecessors rather than cost extra.
The upgrades would appear even as Intel hasn't had much adoption of the existing models. Rumors have swirled that new MacBook Air systems may have been delayed by low supply of the processor, although this is less likely now that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is still using a Core 2 Duo in order to use NVIDIA's GeForce 320M and get better video performance. [via Fudzilla]