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[ZDNet] Intel launches first Sandy Bridge chips for Ultrabooks

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Intel has released new low-voltage versions of its second-generation Core processors designed to power a new class of so-called Ultrabooks. The first Ultrabooks, from companies such as Asus, Lenovo and LG Electronics, promise to combine the performance of full-fledged Sandy Bridge systems with the portability and long battery life of ultra-thin laptops and netbooks.

The three new processors–all dual-cores with the same on-die graphics–include the 1.7GHz Core i5-2557M, 1.7GHz Core i7-2637M and 1.8GHz Core i7-2677M. The Core i7 versions have a larger L3 cache and faster Turbo modes.
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Edited by _GTech - 6/21/11 at 2:57pm
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Great...another form factor..? Well another tablet to compete with Android?
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Do want an asus ux21 with one of these...discrete graphics would be cool as well but not holding my breath on that front
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Sounds like an interesting concept. I also wouldn't be surprised if the Llano APU made it into these ultrabooks, as an APU in normal mobile PC applications it already outshines in battery life.
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Waiting for Sandy Bridge to land in that.
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Sounds like an interesting concept. I also wouldn't be surprised if the Llano APU made it into these ultrabooks, as an APU in normal mobile PC applications it already outshines in battery life.
Maybe not this year, these chips run at 17 watts. Next year AMD had the Decan platform that runs an evergreen apu and runs at around 18 watts. That should be interesting.
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Sounds like an interesting concept. I also wouldn't be surprised if the Llano APU made it into these ultrabooks, as an APU in normal mobile PC applications it already outshines in battery life.
Llano is pretty much going to dominate most of the "book" & "tablet" markets, YUS! I like this, very stiff competition for Intel in this market, definitely! But it's not so much about battery life as it is the APU graphics are extremely nice indeed!

AMD > I'm loving it!
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Waiting for Sandy Bridge to land in that.
That is very smexy yus.
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Nice...

Not really... 17w is just a ridiculous amount of heat dissipation in such thin laptops. The manufacturers better employ some very high quality heat dissipation materials and clever airflow design if they are not to be left with hot and unpleasant keyboards and touchpads, making for a very unpleasant user experience.


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Maybe not this year, these chips run at 17 watts. Next year AMD had the Decan platform that runs an evergreen apu and runs at around 18 watts. That should be interesting.
AMD already sells the E-350, which runs at 1.6 Ghz, has 1MB of cache and a Radeon HD6310 (80 Shaders at 400 Mhz). It also has an 18w TDP, so it can be fitted to the same kind of Ultrabooks Intel is talking about.

Of course, the E-350 won't have the same CPU performance as the Sandy Bridges. But then again, AMD is making the E-350 at 40nm. If they have enough manufacturing capacity to transition to 32nm or 28nm, they can beef up the CPU with more cache (2MB at least would be nice) and higher clockspeeds in order to be more competitive. They could even do it this year. They have the tech available. Not sure if they can do it in volume tough with Llano and Bulldozer using the 32nm manufacturing capacity, and the HD7000 series coming out on the 28nm process, they might just choose to stay at 40nm for these parts for now.


But anyway, like I said, it doesn't matter if it's 17w for Intel or 18w for AMD, that's just too much for a slim Notebook, and it won't give Netbook-like battery life with the same battery capacities.

It will get much more interesting with Intel's new Atoms at 32nm with 3.5w TDP and a GPU that can do 1080p video decoding with HDMI out. That is what is interesting this year.
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Not it isn't, 17w is fine for a thin notebook which slots above netbooks in power.

The 17w figure is also the maximum TDP, the CPU under 100% stress which it will almost never be.
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