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Intel Corp.’s code-named Nehalem micro-architecture was unveiled in 2008 for high-end desktops and redefined performance demands towards expensive computers. It took Intel a year to bring Core i7/i5/i3 processors to the mainstream desktops and laptops, but only on Monday the world’s largest maker of chips introduced Core i-series processors for thin and light notebooks.

The new ultra low voltage (ULV) processors from Intel – which belong to Core i7, Core i5, Core i3 and Pentium/Celeron families – come in packages that are 32% smaller compared to standard voltage processors, which helps to reduce the size of notebooks. The new chips – that have two processing engines, integrated memory controller and built-in graphics core – have 18W thermal design power (TDP). The new ULV central processing units (CPUs) are based on the Arrandale design, hence, they are made using 32nm and 45nm process technologies.

Thanks to improved micro-architecture, Hyper-Threading, TurboBoost, variable clock-speed of graphics core and other innovations, the new chips are projected to offer tangible – around 30% – performance benefits compared to previous-generation Intel Core 2 Mobile ULV CPUs.

In addition, recently announced mobile Intel 5-series chipset designed for use with the ULV-based laptops expands support for multiple video and audio options, enhanced data and PC protection with Intel Anti-Theft Technology and robust data protection for users' digital assets.

"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. 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,” said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of the PC client group at Intel.

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.

Tags: Intel, Core, Nehalem, Arrandale, 32nm, 45nm

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