Intel has added three new chips to its line of Sandy Bridge processors. While most of the company’s laptop chips use between 25W and 35W, the new chips have a TDP of just 17W. That’s about twice what you’d expect from the latest Intel Atom chips, but it should be good enough to offer better battery life and lower heat generation than a typical laptop processor.
Those are the features you really want from chips designed for thin and light laptops. Intel is pushing these chips for use in what the company calls “ultrabooks,” or thin and light machines that can be sold for under $1000.
Here’s a brief overview of the new chips:
- Intel Core i5-2557M: 1.7 GHz dual core chip with 3MB of cache (TurboBoost up to 2.7 GHz)
- Intel Core i7-2637M: 1.7 GHz dual core chip with 4MB of cache (TurboBoost up to 2.8 GHz)
- Intel Core i7-2677M: 1.8 GHz dual core chip with 4MB of cache (TurboBoost up to 2.9 GHz)
All three chips are 64-bit processors built with a 32nm process. They each support hyperthreading, so the dual core chips can process up to 4 threads at a time. The chips can support up to 8GB of DDR3 memory. They also feature integrated Intel graphics which can run at speeds between 350 MHz and 1.2 GHz.