Intel has three new low-voltage chips on its price list that look to power its new "ultrabook" category of mobile computers.
reportedly is offering three new low-voltage Core processors designed to power
the new category of laptops that the chip giant has dubbed "ultrabooks."
dual-core chips-the 1.7GHz Core i5-2557M, 1.7GHz Core i7-2637M and 1.8GHz Core
i7-2677M-showed up on the Intel chip price list over the weekend, and all run
at lower frequencies and have lower power draws than standard Core chips based
on Intel's "Sandy Bridge" architecture. Both the 15-2557M and i7-2647M run at
1.7GHz; the i7-2677M runs at 1.8GHz. All use about 17 watts of power, about
half of what the mainstream Sandy Core processors use.
introduced the ultrabook concept during a speech by its Executive Vice President
Sean Maloney during the Computex 2011 show in Taiwan. Maloney described
ultrabooks as extremely thin and light devices that have the performance and
capabilities of traditional notebooks with features found in the increasingly
popular tablets, including high responsiveness. It also could mean touch-screens
in later devices, according to an Intel spokesperson.
officials envision the ultrabooks
to come in at less than 0.8 inches
thick and at prices lower than $1,000. By the end of 2012, Maloney said he
expects that 40 percent of notebooks shipped will fall into the ultrabook
aggressively pushing into the mobile space with low-power Core processors and
its Atom platform. A key step in the ultrabook rollout will be with the next
generation of Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture, dubbed "Ivy Bridge." Those
chips will be the first to feature Intel's new Tri-Gate transistor technology,
which is designed to increase performance and drive down power consumption in
chips. The 22-nm Ivy Bridge chips will begin appearing in PCs and servers in
the first half of 2012, and in other devices-including tablets and
smartphones-after that, according to Intel officials.
That will be
followed by "Haswell" in 2013, which will be the follow-on to Ivy Bridge and
will offer greater energy efficiency, reducing power consumption by half of
what it is today, according to company officials.
OEMs are lining up behind the ultrabook concept. At Computex, Asus Chairman
Jonney Shih took the stage with Maloney to show off the company's new UX21
ultrabook, which will be based on Intel Core processors. The UX21, which will
ship in the fall, reportedly will have an 11.6-inch display, be about 0.7
inches thick and weight about 3.3 pounds.
Computex, Lenovo-with its IdeaPad U300S-and LG Electronics-with its P220-put
ultrabooks on display. Both reportedly had 12.5-inch displays.
Acer President Jim Wong
said the company also
will roll out an ultrabook, reportedly adding that "can help revive the
notebook market," which continues to see solid growth in the commercial
space but is suffering from slower consumer sales due to several factors,
including the rise of tablets and last year's release of Microsoft's Windows 7