Intel Corp. this week added one of the lowest-cost ultra-low voltage microprocessors in the recent years, the Celeron 1019Y chip, which consumes from 7W to 10W of power, into its price-list. Thanks to low price of the chip, PC makers now can create very thin ultrabooks with decent battery life that will not cost too much for average end-users.
Intel Celeron 1019Y processor is a dual-core chip with integrated graphics core that has 2MB of last-level cache and which operates at 1.0GHz. The central processing unit is based on Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, is made using 22nm process technology, but does not support Hyper-Threading as well as AES new instructions. While performance of such processor is modest, it has only 10W thermal design power and only 7W scenario design power. Moreover, it costs jut $102 in 1000-unit quantities.
Intel’s Y-series mobile microprocessors with scenario design power of 7W and TDP from 10W to 13W aimed at very thin ultrabooks cost from around $200 (Core i3-3229Y) to $362 (Core i7-3689Y) in 1000-unit quantities, which makes notebooks on their base pretty expensive automatically.
The price of just $102 seems to be an advantage of Celeron 1019Y that can overweight all of its performance disadvantages, such as general-purpose performance limitations and poor graphics core. The chip can easily pave the way for inexpensive utlrabooks aimed at consumers not demanding high performance, but seeking for sleek form-factors and general-purpose computing capabilities without serious limitations (as in the case of Intel Atom). Systems based on Celeron 1019Y will cost at least $100 lower compared to ultrabooks running Core i3-3229Y, but will have similar sizes and battery life.
By introducing processors based on dual-core Ivy Bridge design with power consumption between 7W and 13W, Intel brings a high-performance CPU micro-architecture to devices that previously utilized low-power micro-architectures, such as Intel Atom. In general, this demonstrates the company’s commitment to bring down power consumption of its mainstream chips down to the levels when they become competitive in ultra-mobile segments. At the same time, Intel shows that Atom micro-architectures will from now on be focused around minimum power consumption so to compete against ARM.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.