By Mark Sutton
New ultra-low voltage processors released to enable thinner and lighter laptop designs
Intel has launched four new processors to enable thinner and lighter laptops and boost the performance of standard laptops.
The ultra-low voltage (ULV) processes, which were announced at Computex in Taiwan, are intended to enable manufacturers to make notebooks that are thinner and lighter than the current generation, at the same time as making them more energy efficient, and more affordable.
Alongside the ULV processors, Intel releases the Mobile Intel GS40 Express Chipset for ULVs, with support for high performance features such as HD playback, support for Windows Vista Premium and native support for integrated HDMI.
Intel also announced improved standard voltage Intel®Core 2 Duo processors with clock speeds of up to 3.06GHz.
Along with the processor technology, Intel released new options for embedded wireless technologies, including embedded WiMAX and Intel My WiFi. Announced in January, Intel’s My WiFi is a driver and software update to Centrino processors that enables a laptop to connect directly to up to eight WiFi enabled devices via wireless in a personal area network.
Khaled Elamrawy, Intel General Manager Egypt, Levant & North Africa, commented: “With an ultra-thin laptop powered by Intel® ultra-low voltage processors, consumers experience a unique balance of performance and power consumption that is incomparable in the market today – all in a slim, sleek package. And at mainstream price points, Intel is proud to deliver ultra thin for all.”
It certainly is great have thiner laptops, but the main challenge still remains on the battery. If manufacturers were to find ways to create thin batteries that could last longer it will revolutionize the way laptops are built. Take for example MacBook Air, which is the thinest Laptop I know, Apple eliminated the Ethernet port and the DVD/CD drive to create a very thin sleek laptop, who's only shame is the battery lifetime that can not even be replaced by a fresh one