Intel officially unveiled all details regarding its Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 Mobile as well as Desktop processors in CES 2010. The introduction of new chips coincides with the arrival of Intel’s new 32 nm architecture, manufacturing process and integration high-definition graphics inside the processor. It is the successor of the 45 nm architecture.
Intel is expecting good results from better-integrated graphics of the Core i3 and i5 processors, as the sales in the last two years were rather flat. The new “Arrandale” graphics technology has 20% more shaders which is an important component for 3D graphics, Intel senior vice president Sean Maloney said. Intel claims that the graphics performance is roughly 70% better than the integrated graphics in the current Core 2 Duo.
Just three months after their Developer Forum 2009 in September, Intel has introduced new dual-core 2.66GHz Intel Core i7-620M processor with TDP rating of 35W. Four other dual-core Intel Core i7 chips were introduced of which two are for low-voltage family (2.0GHz Core i7-620LM and 2.13GHz Core i7-640LM) and other two are for ultra-low voltage family (1.06GHz Core i7-620UM and 1.2GHz Core i7-640UM).
Both pairs of low-voltage and ultra-low voltage processors will offer Intel Turbo Boost Technology to increase the performance. The low-voltage Intel Core i7 mobile chips have TDP rating of 25W while the ultra-low Core i7 chips have TDP rating of 18W.
Two new Intel Core i3 and three new Core i5 mobile processors were also unveiled at the same time. Out of these the new Core i3 processors are clocked between 2.13GHz for Core i3-330M and 2.26GHz for Core i3-350M. Both processors have Thermal Design Power rating of 35W. These Core i3 are mostly made for light-weight notebooks but won’t offer Intel Turbo Boost Technology to increase the CPU clock speed for higher performance.
While the new dual-core Core i5 mobile chips include 2.26GHz Core i5-430M, 2.4 GHz Core i5-520M and 2.53GHz Core i5-540M. These Core i5 mobile chips have TDP rating of 35W. All three mobile chips feature Intel’s Turbo Boost technology and hence can be overclocked for higher performance. Also, one ultra-low voltage dual-core 1.06GHz Intel Core i5-520UM chip was added in the Core i5 mobile chips family.
For the desktop segment, the “Clarkdale” processors include two Core i3 and four Core i5 processors. The two dual-core Core i3 processors include 2.93GHz Core i3-530 and 3.06GHz Core i3-540 processor. These processors won’t have Intel Turbo Boost Technology support but can support Intel Virtualization Technology. These Core i3 chips will have TDP rating of 73W.
Moving ahead, the four dual-core Core i5 chips include 3.2GHz Core i5-650, 3.33GHz Core i5-660, 3.33GHz Core i5-661 and 3.46GHz Core i5-670 microprocessors. These Core i5 chips will feature Intel Turbo Boost technology, Intel Virtualization Technology and will have TDP of 73W while Core i5 will have TDP of 83W.
It has to be noted that Intel has crammed in a lot of transistors inside these processors, but still these consume less power. Power consumption has been Intel’s main motive while designing these processors. The NoteBooks and Desktops having these chips will be available in Market from 20th January onwards. The starting Price range of NoteBooks is expected to be around 800-850$.