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Intel promises ultra-thin laptops (photos)

Intel announced a new line of ultra-low-voltage chips that will be primarily for 12-inch to 13-inch ultra-thin laptops

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Topic: Hardware
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Intel announced a new line of ultra-low-voltage chips that will be primarily for 12-inch to 13-inch ultra-thin laptops and available in June. The new ultra low-voltage chips, will range from Celerons to Core i7 according to John Morris' blog.

But the big win, according to Larry Dignan, will be lower chip prices.

Credit: Intel

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A presentation by Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of Intel’s PC Client Group, points out the latest trend in computers is for specialization.

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Here are the biggest needs identified by laptop users.

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This chart shows that the majority of portable computer sales will be for devices under 14 inches - with ultra-portable sales increasing.

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Intel's new line of ultra-low voltage chips.

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Ultra-thin processors now support new features such as Turbo Boost, which Intel claimed works particularly well in ultrathins.

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Intel claims big improvements over the SU7300 processor.

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Intel also promises big power savings.

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Manufacturers have promised 40 laptop models so far that will carry Intel's ULV chip.

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Following are some notebooks that are currently using Intel iCore chips. Models with ULV processors will be available in June. Sony's 14-inch Vaio weighs 5.3 pounds and uses a Core i3 chip.

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Fujitsu LifeBook P770 uses a Core i7 chip, has a 12.1-inch screen and weighs about 3 pounds. It starts at $1,895.

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Alienware M15x Gaming runs on a Core i7 chip with a 15.6-inch screen. It costs $1,924.

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Don't forget that Intel is the source for Mac processors. This MacBook Pro Spring Edition has a 17-inch screen, an i5 chip, and weighs 6.6 pounds.

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The Panasonic Toughbook 52 uses a Core i5 processor to run its 15.4-inch screen. It cost $2,716.

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The Samsung NP uses an i5 chip for its 15.6-inch frame. It weighs 5.7-pounds and starts at $829.

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