Ultra-mobile Core 2 Duos on their way
Intel has been quite busy this week. After Centrino Pro and embedded quad-core Xeons, eWeek reports that the chipmaker is about to introduce two new Core 2 Duo processors specifically tailored for ultra-mobile systems. The Core 2 Duo U7600 and Core 2 Duo U7500 will run at a respective 1.2GHz and 1.06GHz, and they will both have 2MB of shared L2 cache as well as a 533MHz front-side bus—exactly half as fast as the FSB of their desktop counterparts. Unlike the desktop Core 2 Duos, whose thermal ratings only go as low as 65W, the new U7600 and U7500 models will both be rated for power dissipation of just 10W. Intel's other mobile Core 2 Duos have power ratings between 17W and 34W, although their clock speeds do range from 1.33GHz and 2.33GHz.
According to eWeek, Gateway will be one of the first laptop vendors to offer an ultra-portable notebook equipped with these new Core 2 Duo U7600 and U7500 chips. The machine, Gateway's existing E-100M, will start featuring the new chips on May 3. Right now, the system includes a 1.2GHz Core Solo U1400, which has a 5.5W power rating.