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9W dual-core and 2.33GHz Yonah processors hit the streets

Despite the Woodcrest Xeon processor announced yesterday, this week Intel is expected to start shipping two new Core Duo processors.

The new Core Duo T2700 is a 2.33GHz dual-core 65nm Yonah-based CPU, specifically targeted for high end notebooks and desktop replacement (DTR) devices.  The processor is already shipping at some retail outlets, and should start showing up in high-end notebooks very soon.  The previous high end model, the 2.16GHz T2600, was reduced to $423 on June 4th, but neither the T2600 nor T2700 will receive another discount until the Merom launch later this year.  The T2700 will sell for $637 in quantities of 1,000.

Furthermore, Intel is also discretely rolling out its Core Duo U2500 ultra-low voltage (ULV) CPU.   The U2500 is currently the only dual-core ULV product in Intel's arsenal until the 1.06GHz U7500 Merom processor launches with Santa Rosa in Q2'07.  The U2500 is a 1.2GHz Yonah processor with 2MB L2 cache and a 533MHz FSB.  The U2500 recently received some attention on DailyTech as it is the only x86 dual-core processor to ship with a 9W maximum TDP envelope.  The CPU consumes less than 1W during normal operation.  The U2500 will sell for $289 per chip in quantities of 1,000.

Intel recently announced it would spin off its XScale ARM CPU series; a processor typically dedicated to extremely low voltage applications like cell phones and PDAs.  With single-Watt dual-core processors now part in Intel's processor lineup, it may be that the company is considering x86 for these devices.

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RE: 9 Watts!!
By sxr7171 on 6/27/2006 3:32:18 PM , Rating: 2
Good processor but what's with Intel waiting a year for the Merom version which will be clocked slower. Architecture improvemetns aside even ultraportable users want to see improvements in performance over the years. It seems that ULV processors are simply stagnant or marginally improving in terms of performance.

I'm not even saying that they shouldn't release a 1.06GHz ULV but what about a 1.2GHz and maybe a 1.4GHz ULV next year? I guess they want improvements in ULV processor performance to be only driven by jumps in architecture improvements.

RE: 9 Watts!!
By Eris23007 on 6/27/2006 4:08:02 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently you haven't noticed that they went from 15W in ULV Dothan down to 9W in ULV Yonah. I would wager that the ULV Merom will be even lower - maybe 6W or less? Then a 1.06GHz dual-core Merom sure looks interesting for mobile apps *drooooool*.

Just imagine - a 5 or 6W 1.06GHz dual-core Merom powering then nex-gen Treos (or something along those lines anyway). Yummy!

... just make it as thin as the Moto Q and I'll buy it...

RE: 9 Watts!!
By Phynaz on 6/27/2006 4:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
An old roadmap did show a 5W Merom.

RE: 9 Watts!!
By KristopherKubicki on 6/27/2006 4:47:08 PM , Rating: 2
The current roadmap has 5.5W single-core Yonahs.

RE: 9 Watts!!
By sxr7171 on 6/27/2006 10:42:19 PM , Rating: 2
Sure, but why not a 9W 1.3GHz or so Merom for Ultraportables and maybe the 1.06 for PDAs? Unless the LV is supposed to take that role.

RE: 9 Watts!!
By psychobriggsy on 6/28/2006 6:59:35 AM , Rating: 2
"ust imagine - a 5 or 6W 1.06GHz dual-core Merom powering then nex-gen Treos (or something along those lines anyway). Yummy! "

Ugh, I hope not. I don't want a phone or PDA that runs out of juice after a few hours (the batteries inside aren't massive capacity). These are devices that run on processors currently that are 1/10th that power consumption (and people still complain about battery life being too short), often 1/100th in power saving modes. It's annoying now that a Dell Axim will lose all its juice after a few days, I remember my old Palm IIIc lasting for weeks without a recharge.

Maybe in 2010, or 2012, a 1GHz dual-core Merom derivative on 32nm will be a more suitable processor for what you want. For now though, these processors will make nice tablet PC processors (whatever Intel or Microsoft want to call this year's tablet PC failure anyway).

RE: 9 Watts!!
By Oscarine on 6/28/2006 10:55:41 AM , Rating: 2
Treo batteries aren't exactly tiny, 1700-1800? mAH, I've seen laptop batteries as low as 2100.

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