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Intel Unveils Core I3/i5/i7 Chips for Ultra-thin Notebooks

Chipmaking giant Intel has officially unveiled ulta-low voltage versions of its 32-nm “Nehalem” Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors, meaning Intel’s premiere line of mainstream processors can now be plugged into power-concious ultra-thin notebook computers. And the new chips not only pack a significant performance improvement—Intel says they’re about a third faster than current ULV offerings—but use about 15 percent less power.

“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 Intel PC Client Group VP and general manager Mooly Eden, in a statement. “Not only are laptops becoming ultra-portable, but with the new processors inside, users will see faster response times and less waiting.”

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Like their bigger brethren, ULV versions of the Intel Core chips will feature Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading technologies enabling the processors to dynamically overclock themselves and devote resources to a single processor core in order to get work done faster. However, Intel is not converting over its ultra-thin processor offerings over to the Core line entirely: ULV versions of the Celeron and Pentium processors will continue to be available to manufacturers.

The new ULV Intel Core processors should be available in June; Intel says more than 40 designs based on the chips are already in the works from makers like Acer, Lenovo, Asus, and MSI.

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