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Intel refreshes ULV mobile processors, speeds past 2GHz

by Parm Mann on 31 March 2009, 11:41

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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:

Model Frequency Cores L2 Cache FSB TDP Price*
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.

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It's amazing that Intel have a a dual core part going past 2ghz (that's 2 lots of 2 billion “operations” (or whatever) per second) and using <half of your average lightbulb.

Now that's “bright”.