Intel has introduced four new processors, including a low-power version and a value chipset, to usher in mainstream "ultra-thin" laptops. The new chips were launched yesterday at Computex.
Intel ultra-low voltage (ULV) processors will enable new sleek consumer laptop designs less than an inch thick, weighing 2 to 5 pounds (less the 1kg to 2,5kg) , and at mainstream price points.
These processors also consume less power to enable longer battery life, delivering the type of experience consumers expect from Intel-based laptops.
In addition, Intel also announced the addition of new devices that can now wirelessly connect using optional Intel My WiFi Technology.
"With an ultra-thin laptop powered by Intel ultra-low voltage processors, consumers experience a unique balance of performance and power consumption that is incomparable in the market today – all in a slim, sleek package," says Mooly Eden, vice-president and GM of the Mobile Platforms Group at Intel. "And at mainstream price points, Intel is proud to deliver ultra thin for all."
Intel extended the standard voltage (SV) Intel Core 2 Duo processors, with offerings up to 3.06 GHz. These energy-efficient processors deliver additional mobile performance and responsiveness. Users will see improved performance when running multiple, intense applications simultaneously, as well as dual-core optimised applications.
In addition, Intel unveiled the Mobile Intel GS40 Express Chipset for the new ULV-based laptops. This value chipset enables ULV-based laptops to support features consumers have come to expect from laptops including HD playback, Windows Vista Premium support and native support for integrated HDMI.
Consumers have choice when it comes to their wireless options by adding Intel My WiFi Technology to their laptops. Using Intel My WiFi Technology, more devices can now wirelessly connect to Intel Centrino 2 processor technology laptops. My WiFi Technology transforms a laptop into a WiFi personal area network, connecting directly with up to eight WiFi certified devices without cables or wires, including cameras, printers, HDTV and MP3 players, to print, share, show and sync wirelessly at home or on the go.