Low-voltage mobile Core 2 Duos due in January
Intel's current mobile processor lineup still includes Yonah-based Core Duo processors in the low-voltage segment, but this situation will change early next year, if a report by HKEPC is to be believed. The site's industry sources say Intel will release low-voltage Core 2 Duo L7400 and L7200 processors with a power rating of just 17W—half that of current mobile Core 2 Duo models. Clock speeds for the new processors will also be a good deal lower: the sources quote 1.5GHz for the Core 2 Duo L7400 and 1.33GHz for the Core 2 Duo L7200, although both will have 4MB of shared cache and a full 667MHz front-side bus. The two chips will cost $316 and $284, respectively.
Also in January 2007, Intel will supposedly launch a Merom-based mobile processor for the value market under the Celeron-M 520 moniker. This chip will only have a single core clocked at 1.6GHz with 1MB of cache and a 533MHz front-side bus, and it will cost $134. Currently, the cheapest Merom offering in Intel's lineup is the $209 Core 2 Duo T5500. A more affordable "unofficial" Core 2 Duo T5200 is expected next month.