Intel ships Core i7-2637M, 2677M and Core i5-2557M ULV CPUs
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The latest Sandy Bridge Ultralow voltage chipsets should be available to manufacturers this month. This includes the Core i5-2557M, Core i7-2637M and Core i7-2677M processors.
The trio of processors was leaked last month and was right on the spot with regards to speeds, TDP, number of threads and graphics power. Check out the previous news article here for more details on the specifications of each.
Since these 32nm ULV CPUs are designed for ultrathin laptops, there are heavy expectations that the 2011 MacBook Air refresh would include these new Sandy Bridge processors. Compared to the currently outdated 1.4GHz SU9400 and 1.6GHz SU9600 Core 2 Duo processors in the current MBA lineup, the ULV Sandy Bridge chips would be much needed upgrades to the ultrathin notebooks.
The upcoming Asus UX21 will reportedly be using one of the new Sandy Bridge ULV CPUs when it ships this September.
According to the official Intel price list [PDF], the Core i5-2557M, Core i7-2637M and Core i7-2677M began shipment on June 19th for $250, $289 and $317, respectively.