Intel Moves Nehalem to ULV for Ultra-Thin Laptops

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • whitecrowro
    why not half the nm and roadmap and get straight to Rockwell...lazy intel
  • enzo matrix
    why not half the nm yourself? Get working on that...Lazy whitecrowro
  • apache_lives
    AMD really needs to get to work on there mobile processor lines...
  • neiroatopelcc
    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.
  • tainted_peak
    Love to see these in lenovo's product line, just wish lenovo would price there netbooks more friendly....
  • descendency
    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.
  • Pei-chen
    Notebooks are getting stonger everyday.
  • Regulas
    "but with the new processors inside, users will see faster response times and less waiting."
    Yeah until MS releases more bloatware.
  • lamorpa
    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.
  • gfg
    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...