Intel to ship ultra low-voltage Sandy bridges shortly
Leaving the recent defective Sandy bridge issues behind, Intel is reportedly nearing shipping of the new generation Sandy bridges that are supposed to utilize significantly lower voltage than their larger counterparts. The first of these processors should be the Core i7 2657M, that runs on a clock speed of only 1.6GHz but can achieve up to 2.7GHz (2.4 GHz with both cores loaded) thanks to the Turbo boost technology. It also has the ability to handle 4 threads due to hyper-threading support.
This, along with the somewhat slower 1.4GHz Core i5 2537M should start shipping in the spring of this year, and in all possibilities, Intel might target this year’s Computex happening at Taipei from May 31st. Do not be surprised if you see a no. of machines already running these processors during the show.
These ULV processors will be in demand for PC as well as Macs as well – especially the next gen Macbook Airs.
The Sandy Bridge processors use a 32nm manufacturing process, and include the processor, memory controller and graphics on a single die. This will allow the integrated Intel HD graphics 3000 to run up to a maximum of 1000MHz with Turbo boost.