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Intel's mobile Core i5, Core i3 get early specs

updated 07:40 am EST, Fri November 13, 2009

Intel's entry Arrandale CPUs detailed

Intel plans to fill out the low- to mid-range of its notebook processor range when it launches its Arrandale-based 32 nanometer models early next year, a roadmap leak explains on Friday. The mobile Core i5 line should be headed by two dual-core models, the 2.4GHz i5-520M and 2.26GHz i5-430M, as of early January 2010. Like their desktop counterparts, they won't support Hyperthreading but will support Turbo Boost and should clock up to as high as 2.93GHz and 2.53GHz respectively when they can afford to shut down one core.

Both are said by DigiTimes to have their own integrated graphics cores that will nominally run at 500MHz but, again, can scale up to 766MHz in the right conditions.

The Core i3 line would involve the 2.26GHz i3-350M and 2.13GHz i3-330M. These would lack Turbo Boost to differentiate them from their more expensive counterparts and would also have a maximum graphics core speed of 667MHz.

All four should join dual-core Core i7 and possibly higher-end Core i5 processors for the January introduction and should let Intel replace virtually all its existing Core 2 Duo processors with the faster, more efficient designs. A refresh of the series isn't expected until the summer but could also include some Pentium-branded chips to accommodate the very entry level.

by MacNN Staff



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