Intel plans to release three new 32nm dual-core processors for ultrathin notebooks in the first half of next year, according to anonymous sources cited by DigiTimes. The initial batch of Arrandale processors will reportedly consist of the 1.06GHz Intel Core i5 520UM, the 1.06GHz Core i7 620UM and the 1.2GHz Core i7 640UM, with bulk-buying prices of $241, $278, and $305 respectively.
Similar to the upcoming Clarkdale chips on the desktop, Arrandale is based on the 32nm Westmere shrink of the Nehalem microarchitecture and has integrated graphics as well as PCI Express and DMI links. The new chips should join Intel's Pine Trail netbook platform sometime in the first half of next year. For the most part, this seems to be consistent with the leaked roadmap information we posted a few months ago.
Platform pricing is expected to remain at around $500 for netbooks, while ultrathin notebooks featuring the new Arrandale processors should hit the $600 to $800 range.