Intel Releases ULV 17-watt Sandy Bridge CPUs

Intel has released a few new ultra-low voltage processors that will likely find their way into this year's gang of Ultrabooks for the 2011 holiday season.

The new processors listed by Intel are as follows:

  • Core i7-2677M: 2 cores, 1.8 GHz (turbos to 2.9GHz), 4MB cache, 17 watts, $317
  • Core i7-2637M: 2 cores, 1.7GHz (turbos to 2.8GHz), 4MB cache, 17 watts, $289
  • Core i5-2557M: 2 cores, 1.7GHz (turbos to 2.7GHz), 3MB cache, 17 watts, $250

The Core i5-2557M has already found a home in the Asus UX21 that was modeled as an Ultrabook at Computex earlier this month.

Apple is also expected to refresh its line of MacBook Air laptops with this new family of chips. Apple's current MacBook Air still use Core 2 Duo CPUs paired with Nvidia chipsets, as license agreements prevent the pairing of Nvidia technology with Intel's current generation of processors. The integrated graphics of Intel's Sandy Bridge chips, however, will likely be enough to satisfy Apple's performance targets for the MacBook Air.

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  • Kaiser_25
    This Low V CPU is a big step for laptops etc, will increase battery life, extend cpu life, Go Intel, and go ASUS!!!
  • lunyone
    Can anyone say "here I come Macbook Air"?? These CPU's would seem to fit that bill for Apple, but nice to see other manufacturer's getting in on the low power CPU's. Just think that you can get a netbook for about the cost of just one of these CPU's!!!
  • amk-aka-Phantom
    This is pretty good... would love to have a high-end netbook powered by one of those (so sick of stupid Atom!)