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Intel Moves Nehalem to ULV for Ultra-Thin Laptops

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Getting ready for small, powerful notebooks.

Intel's transition to the Nehalem architecture for all of its mainstream processors is now complete. The chipmaker announced the extension of its Nehalem-based Core processor family into ultra-thin and ultraportable laptop designs.

In its press release, Intel stressed the number 32, as the chips are manufactured on the 32nm process, and deliver 32 percent slimmer laptops and more than 32 percent better performance.

These new processors also reduce power consumption more than 15 percent, resulting in better battery life.

"Consumers crave laptops that offer style and performance, and the new 2010 Intel Core Ultra-Low Voltage processors for ultra-thin laptops delivers both, in one sleek design," said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel. "Intel's leadership in 32nm high-k metal gate process technology, combined with breakthrough architecture and design has enabled thinner, lighter and faster notebooks than previous models, with terrific battery life. Not only are laptops becoming ultraportable, but with the new processors inside, users will see faster response times and less waiting."

Like the rest of the current Westmere family, the Core i5 and i7 support Turbo Boost to automatically accelerate performance, while the entire line features Hyper-Threading to process two threads per core.

More than 40 designs are expected from computer makers such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo and MSI, and will be offered at a variety of price points beginning in June.

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    apache_lives , May 26, 2010 2:00 PM
    AMD really needs to get to work on there mobile processor lines...
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    enzo matrix , May 26, 2010 1:19 PM
    why not half the nm yourself? Get working on that...Lazy whitecrowro
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    apache_lives , May 26, 2010 2:00 PM
    AMD really needs to get to work on there mobile processor lines...
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    neiroatopelcc , May 26, 2010 2:07 PM
    I have a feeling they're aiming at confusing the consumer like nvidia does by inventing a gazillion of models of the same chip and cutting random features without any system.
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    tainted_peak , May 26, 2010 2:19 PM
    Love to see these in lenovo's product line, just wish lenovo would price there netbooks more friendly....
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    descendency , May 26, 2010 2:29 PM
    Honestly, with the shift of many products from Low voltage to full voltage and ultra-low voltage to full voltage, I wonder how much longer CULV and CLV chips will be relevant.
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    Pei-chen , May 26, 2010 2:35 PM
    Notebooks are getting stonger everyday.
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    Regulas , May 26, 2010 2:49 PM
    "but with the new processors inside, users will see faster response times and less waiting."
    Yeah until MS releases more bloatware.
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    lamorpa , May 26, 2010 3:26 PM
    apache_livesAMD really needs to get to work on there mobile processor lines...

    Their going to come out with there new processors as soon as they're schedule allows.
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    gfg , May 26, 2010 3:27 PM
    AMD needs update the mobile processor to survive in the mobile market and for customers who need lower prices and better performance. Intel is priced too high, but has the crown on the bench.
    It's what I think...
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    SuckRaven , May 26, 2010 3:31 PM
    What if the laptop was NOT 32% thinner so I can break it just by looking at it wrong, but still stayed stylish/elegant, and omg, had better airflow/cooling because the thinness of the laptop did not scale with the 32nm process. Just a thought.
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    sliem , May 26, 2010 3:34 PM
    I hate to do this but...
    @apache_lives: their
    "There" is neither close to their or they're.

    @lamorpa: they're or they are (first part)
    their (second part)
    How did you get these mixed up?? I'm confused. It's almost like you do it on purpose.
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    wotan31 , May 26, 2010 3:45 PM
    What's with that stupid rainbow wafer picture? That's the same lame picture they've been using since the 386 days.
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    insider3 , May 26, 2010 3:46 PM
    sliemI hate to do this but...@apache_lives: their"There" is neither close to their or they're.@lamorpa: they're or they are (first part)their (second part)How did you get these mixed up?? I'm confused. It's almost like you do it on purpose.


    He did it on purpose. Lamorpa was clearly mocking the guy he quoted.
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    lamorpa , May 26, 2010 3:48 PM
    @sliem: you missed one :-)
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    lamorpa , May 26, 2010 3:57 PM
    @insider3: 'mocking' is a strong word. Just poking fun and trying to raise awareness about there/their/they're usage. It's pretty basic.

    Back to the subject - I wonder how Intel determines they allow laptops to be '32% slimmer'?
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    lamorpa , May 26, 2010 4:00 PM
    pei-chenNotebooks are getting stonger everyday.


    I hope notebooks get stronger AND extraordinary. I'd hate to have a stronger notebook, but it was just ordinary (everyday). I hope for this every day.
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    bogcotton , May 26, 2010 4:20 PM
    sliemHow did you get these mixed up?? I'm confused. It's almost like you do it on purpose.



    Sarcasm!?

    I need that algorithm right now.
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    ncarlson , May 26, 2010 4:49 PM
    Benchmarks.
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    ncarlson , May 26, 2010 4:49 PM
    Benchmarks.
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