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Intel announces dual-core Haswell chips for laptops

Still no sub-10W TDP parts
Tue Jun 04 2013, 07:00
Intel Haswell 4th generation Core processor multi-chip package

CHIPMAKER Intel has announced a slew of dual-core Haswell Core i3 and Core i5 processors for laptops, many of which will go on to receive Intel's ultrabook branding.

Intel's Core i7 branded chips might take the performance crown but the firm's bread and butter parts are its middle of the road Core i5 branded chips. The firm has announced a gaggle of Core i5 dual-core processors for laptops, including the 37W Core i5-4330M and the 11.5W Core i5-4200Y.

Intel announced its quad-core laptop chips two days ago, however those parts are unlikely to sell in large numbers, thanks partly due to high TDPs that will result in large, bulky laptops, but mostly because the top-end quad-core Core i7-4930MX costs more than $1,000 for the chip alone. Instead the firm is promoting its dual-core Core i5 range for mainstream laptops, with parts ranging from 37W down to 11.5W TDP.

Intel's Core i5-4330M is a dual-core chip that runs at 2.8GHz and can be boosted to 3.4GHz. The firm has put its HD Graphics 4600 GPU in it but didn't reveal 1,000 unit pricing.

Of more interest however is Intel's Core i5-4200Y, which has a TDP of 11.5W. The firm spins its two cores at 1.4GHz but that can be boosted to 1.6GHz, with the Intel HD Graphics 4400 core running at either 200MHz or 850MHz.

While Intel did announce a raft of mobile processors, what the firm didn't reveal are its so-called ULV processors, the chips that are intended to be used in really thin and light laptops - the Macbook Air clones - with TDPs around 7W.

The word on the street is that those chips are still at least two months out, meaning that the really desirable thin and light ultrabooks might show up at Computex but won't be immediately available afterwards. µ


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