Intel has a pair of new processors for ultra-thin notebooks up its sleeve, according to DigiTimes. The site quotes anonymous sources at notebook manufacturers who predict the arrival of Core 2 Duo SU9600 and Core 2 Solo SU3500 processors "by the end of March."
The Core 2 Duo SU9600 will reportedly have a 1.6GHz clock speed with a $289 volume price tag, while the Core 2 Solo SU3500 will run at 1.4GHz and cost $262. Judging by the names, the latter should be a single-core offering. DigiTimes writes that these CPUs will complement the SU9400, SU9300, SU3300, and Celeron 723 models in the "consumer ultra low voltage" portion of Intel’s notebook CPU lineup.
Right now, Intel’s price list shows the 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo SU9400 priced at $289 and the 1.2GHz SU9300 part at $262. Both processors have 800MHz front-side bus speeds, 3MB caches, and 10W power envelopes. If DigiTimes’ information is accurate, these CPUs would likely drop in price once the SU9600 shows up.