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Intel starts shipping Sandy Bridge chips for future MacBooks Air

Intel today announced details and confirmed the availability of new "Sandy Bridge" chips intended for ultra-thin laptops, such as MacBooks Air. This novelty, by the way, is almost taken for granted.

MacBooks Air with Sandy Bridge

Here are the three models available:

  • Core i5-2557M: 2 cores, 1.7GHz (up to 2.7GHz in turbo), 3MB cache, 17 watts, $ 250
  • Core i7-2637M: 2 cores, 1.7GHz (up to 2.8GHz in turbo), 4MB cache, 17 watts, $ 289
  • Core i7-2677M: 2 cores, 1.8GHz (up to 2.9GHz in turbo), 4MB cache, 17 watts, $ 317

All are based on the 32 nanometer manufacturing process, thus increasing the energy efficiency of these processors (only ULV, that is, ultra low voltage). On the other hand, they still use limited graphics chipsets, from Intel itself.

The expectation that the new MacBooks Air will be launched next month, with the arrival of OS X Lion. Now we just updated an article from earlier, which previously indicated that Apple could also bring a new black version of these machines.

(via CNET News)