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Intel adds one more ultra-low voltage "Yonah"

Intel's U2500 Core Duo Yonah processor was released just a few weeks ago.  The chip marked Intel's first attempt at a dual-core ultra low-wattage CPU, and has thus far made quite a splash in the x86 world.  So much so that Intel has decided to release an even lower wattage version, the U2400.

The dual-core 65nm Yonah-based U2400 features a 1.06GHz clock frequency, a 533MHz front-side bus and 2MB of shared L2 cache.  Intel has not released TDP specifics of the new processor, but the TDP of the 1.2GHz Core Duo U2500 was a mere 9 Watts.  During normal operation the U2500 uses less than a Watt.

Dell and Fujitsu already have ultraportable (sub-3lb) models slated for the U2500, and it would not be a large stretch to assume the U2400 will also show up in these notebooks as well.   The U2400 is expected to sell for $262 to distributors on September 3, 2006.

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Come on ATi, Nvidia...
By Fox5 on 7/18/2006 12:08:46 AM , Rating: 2
If only the graphics card companies could bring out an equally low powered chip to go along with this cpu. Come on ATI, how hard could it be to get a 9600 pro into the low wattage realm?

RE: Come on ATi, Nvidia...
By Etsp on 7/18/2006 12:57:32 AM , Rating: 2
from what I understand, the next generation of GPU's will be far more power consumption oriented than the previous trend, so I believe they are working on it...

RE: Come on ATi, Nvidia...
By killerroach on 7/18/2006 1:07:09 AM , Rating: 2
Not from what has been shown so far... from Anandtech's article from Computex, there were whisperings of 300W GPUs. If that's power-efficient, then beam me up. Granted, once more GPUs are built on 80 and 65 nm processes, this should help the entry level immensely, even if the top-end parts are becoming a bit top-heavy (we've already seen GPUs rocket past CPUs in transistor counts, the question will be when they start giving Montecito a run for its big-iron money).

RE: Come on ATi, Nvidia...
By Etsp on 7/18/2006 1:27:17 AM , Rating: 2
It was either the next-gen parts or the parts after that... I'm sure I heard it somewhere, possibly DT

RE: Come on ATi, Nvidia...
By jfrjimenez on 7/18/2006 3:01:47 AM , Rating: 2
From what I've heard the first DX10 chips will be power hogs, but after that they'll tone the power consumption down. That's the plan, anyways ::shakes head::

RE: Come on ATi, Nvidia...
By Lonyo on 7/18/2006 6:55:56 AM , Rating: 2
Who cares about *those cards* if you are looking at a 1.06GHz processor?

Just because the high end will have increased power consumption doesn't mean the mid range/low end has to. Getting a 9600 or something into the low wattage real should be possible, even if they are pushing power consumption at the high end.

I would like to see a reasonably pricesd low power machine really, instead of one with the huge premiums over other machines.

RE: Come on ATi, Nvidia...
By muziqaz on 7/18/2006 8:03:04 AM , Rating: 2
the thing is, video cards as a whole are too power hungry [;

you buy amd/intel 65watt cpus and couple them with some gfx card, and all these talks about power saving is thrown out of the window.Not to mention nvidia's new 570/590 chipset.

RE: Come on ATi, Nvidia...
By Master Kenobi on 7/18/2006 8:07:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yea don't get me started with their new chipset.

Sony will put this in a wee VAIO
By UNCjigga on 7/17/2006 11:31:54 PM , Rating: 2
I guarantee it!

RE: Sony will put this in a wee VAIO
By rqle on 7/18/2006 4:05:54 AM , Rating: 2
yup, woot, 1 watt during normal used.

That's just absolutely sick...
By killerroach on 7/17/2006 11:42:20 PM , Rating: 2
...but at the same time, sounds pretty impressive. Wonder what happens when Intel starts having Merom encroach on this ULV territory :)

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