Sharp-eyed readers and bloggers have noted several leaks and online references to new Intel CPUs, adding to the current Core i3, i5, and i7 lineups. These include new ultralow-voltage (or ULV) chips with the "Core i" name, as well as new versions of the Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs found in mainstream and desktop replacement laptops.
The new ULV CPUs will be part of the Core i3 and Core i5 lines, and be intended for what some call ultrathin laptops--typically 12- to 14-inch systems that need power-efficient parts to keep their slim profiles. According to a report at PCWorld.com, "An Intel road map...showed that the chips will be less powerful than the standard-voltage Core i3 and Core i5 laptop processors....However, the new processors will be faster than Intel's Atom chips, which go into Netbooks."
They may turn up in systems during the second half of 2010, and will hopefully take the power savings of current ULV chips and add better performance (current versions can be underpowered for many users). It's a tricky business plan, however, as some PC-makers have complained that their current ULV offerings have gotten lost in a sea of cheap mainstream models and even cheaper Netbooks.
At the same time, a document that purports to be the service manual for new HP Envy laptops lists a few new full-power processors. Hpfansite.com (yes, it's an HP fan site), claims a manual for the upcoming HP Envy 17 mentions a 1.86GHz Intel Core i7 840QM quad-core processor, a 1.73GHz Intel Core i7 740QM quad-core processor, and a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 450M (a dual-core model). We've previously previewed the upcoming HP Envy 14 and Envy 17 laptops here.