Despite its smaller size and lower power consumption, the new chips promise up to 32% better performance than the current generation of ultra-low voltage processors. At the bottom of the line, there will be a 1GHz Celeron U3400 and 1.2GHz Pentium U5400. Both have a total power draw of only 17 watts, and that's including the Intel GMA HD graphics chip which is built onto the same package as the CPU. Intel is also expected to launch new ULV Core i-series chips, including the 1.2GHz Core i3 330UM, i5 430UM and i5 540UM, as well as the 1.33GHz i7 660UM.
The company says that more than 40 designs are expected from computer makers such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo and MSI, and will be offered at a variety of price points beginning in June.