Intel is going to launch its Sandy Bridge ultra low voltage CPUs for the next generation MacBook Air. These processors would bring in Ultra Low Voltage technology-based Sandy Bridge. These new CPUs will replace the current Core i7 680UM version that comes with a clock speed of 1.46GHz and give a maximum of 2.53GHz of speed.
Fudzilla’s recent report reads:
This CPU replaces the Core i7 680UM clocked at 1.46GHz and ability to Turbo all the way to 2.53 GHz. The 680 UM is a part of a dying breed of Calpella processors that only launched in Q3 2010. The new Sandy Bridge based 2657M now has 1.6GHz clock and single core Turbo all the way to 2.7GHz. Of course this is a Sandy Bridge part.
The Core i7 2657M is still a 17W maximal TDP, has two cores and four threads as well as 4MB of cache memory. It continues with Intel HD 3000 graphics and FSB 1333 tradition. Once it launches it will sell for $317 for a mobile version, as long as you buy at least a 1000 of them, and the launch schedule is Q2 2011.
2657M i7 processors will still have a TDP (Thermal Design Power), 2 cores, 4 threads and 1333 FSB. It will also incorporate 4MB of internal cache memory and an Intel HD 3000 graphics processor directly into the CPU itself. The new CPU is expected to be released in Q2 2011. Currently MacBook Air comes with Core i7 680UM version, however with the release of the new 2657M i7 processor MacBook Air sure will get a major advantage.