Intel's ultra-low-voltage (ULV) range of notebook processors has been updated to include a trio of higher-clocked parts.
The processors - available in Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Solo derivatives - are often used in super-thin notebooks and shouldn't be confused with the CULV parts expected this summer. Intel's new introductions - the Core 2 Duo SL9600, Core 2 Duo SU9600 and Core 2 Solo SU3500 - raise their respective clock speeds whilst retaining the thermal envelope rating of prior models.
The updated range is detailed below with the trio of new parts highlighted:
|ULV Intel Core 2 Duo SL9600||2.13GHz||2||6MB||1,066MHz||17W||$316|
|ULV Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400||1.86GHz||2||6MB||1,066MHz||17W||$316|
|ULV Intel Core 2 Duo SL9300||1.60GHz||2||6MB||1,066MHz||17W||$284|
|ULV Intel Core 2 Duo SU9600||1.60GHz||2||3MB||800MHz||10W||$289|
|ULV Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400||1.40GHz||2||3MB||800MHz||10W||$289|
|ULV Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300||1.20GHz||2||3MB||800MHz||10W||$262|
|ULV Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500||1.40GHz||1||3MB||800MHz||5.5W||$262|
|ULV Intel Core 2 Solo SU3300||1.20GHz||1||3MB||800MHz||5.5W||$262|
*pricing in one-thousand-unit quantities
With the arrival of the 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo SL9600, we'd expect to see super-thin notebooks such as Lenovo's ThinkPad X Series and Apple's MacBook Air to be upgraded to offer higher speeds than the 1.86GHz currently available.
If you're wondering how these are different to the yet-to-be-launched CULV, here's how it's expected to pan out. CULV - or Consumer Ultra Low Voltage - is a platform as opposed to only processors. Combining a low-power Core 2 chip and a shrunken-down chipset, it's expected to offer a lower-cost alternative to the pricey ULV-equipped systems, putting it up against AMD's Yukon.
It's expected to arrive in the summer, and when it does, we'll be looking at Atom-based netbooks in the bargain sector, CULV-based notebooks in the mid-range, and ULV-based systems higher up the ladder. That's the theory, at least.