Intel has expanded its Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) Platform into three distinct tiers, and it’s also added two new Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) CPUs, which should be available in March of this year.
These ULV CPUs and the CULV platform are designed for ultra-thin or ultraportable laptops/notebooks, and are not going to be found in netbooks. They are more for conventional laptops such as the 12.1″ Toshiba Portege A650.
The two new CPUs:
– Core 2 Duo SU9600 (1.6GHz, 3MB L2, 800MHz Frontside Bus), Priced at $289 (USD)
– Core 2 Solo SU3500 (1.4GHz), Priced at $262 (USD)
The SU9600 has been mentioned as a candidate to replace the 1.4GHz SU9400 in the past.
According to recent reports, Intel sees the CULV as a crucial part of its strategy when it comes to defining the various segments of the laptop market, and the previously mentioned ULV CPUs play into that, as does Intel’s GS45 chipset.
The CULV platform will break out into three levels:
– Entry-level: Single core, Intel ULV Celeron
– Single-Core Performance: ULV Core 2 Solo
– Dual-Core Performance: ULV Core 2 Duo