Last time I checked with Intel, I was told that the company planned to launch updated versions of its CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) chips in the third quarter of this year. These processors typically end up in thin and light notebooks with 11 to 15 inch displays such as the Asus UL20A, Acer Aspire 1810, and Dell Inspiron 11z. Now Fudzilla has some details about one of the next-gen CULV chips.

According to Fudzilla, Intel will launch the Intel Celeron U3400 chip in the third quarter of the year. It will reportedly have dual 1.06GHz cores and an 18W total power draw. That may sound a bit high, but bear in mind, the chip includes both the processor and integrated graphics controller. Fudzilla suggests that while the CPU won’t support Turbo boost overclocking, the graphics core will be able to run at speeds between 166MHz to 500MHz.

The Celeron U3400 will work with 800MHz DDR3 memory.

Currently Intel offers several CULV chips including single and dual core Celeron chips and dual core Pentium and Core 2 Duo chips. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Celeron U3400 is just one of a number of CULV chips planned for this fall.

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8 replies on “Intel to launch next-gen ULV processors later this year”

  1. Hopefully it wont affect heat and battery life, cause thats what it looks like new Core I’s are doing in laptops. Especially the small ones.

  2. Several times, on different sites, and now here on Liliputing – I have seen the comment that the new CULV’s draw x amount of power. Then, the qualification is given that the xx watts include processor and integrated graphics controller. No one ever says what the power consumption is for (say) an SU2300 with chipset and Intel 4500 graphics. Is it less than 18 watts, more than 18 watts or what? Thanks for a great site!!

    1. Good point. The TDP for the SU2300 is 10W, so the new chip will definitely
      use more power — albeit less than a typical laptop CPU which can use 35W or

    2. We’re talking in terms of TDP here, the maximum wattage the the processor will ever draw. So in terms of battery life, it really doesn’t mean anything unless you run your laptop at 100% CPU usage the whole time you use it. The idle wattage is really what’s important and we won’t know that until the processor’s are released and someone tests them.

      1. I also just remembered that the SU2300 isn’t a system on a chip, so I don’t
        think that 10W TDP includes the graphics core.

        1. It doesn’t. GMA4500 is in addition to that. Intel lists the Mobil Intel GS45 Express Chipset as having a 12W Max TDP. So, unless I’ve looked up the wrong chips or there’s something else going on, that would put the old CULV+GMA4500 at 22W Max TDP, or 4W higher than the projected next generation CULV platform which is also faster, has better memory options, and has better power gating for lower idle power usage which may translate into a lower overall than the nearly 20% reduction in power draw that can be computed by looking at the max TDPs.

          It’s a step forward in any case.

          1. Err… I should have edited more. That is to say the new platform is faster, etc. Not that the old one was a slouch but Nahelem based architectures are generally faster to quite a bit faster than the older Penryn based ones.

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