Intel has introduced new ultra-low voltage (ULV) versions of its Intel Core processors. Based on Intel’s 32 nanometer (nm) technology the new ULV Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors are destined for the insides of ultraportable laptops - which Intel defines as less than an inch thick and weighing just two to five pounds - without sacrificing performance, connectivity and battery life.

Intel says the new processors reduce power consumption by more than 15 percent based on ULV average power targets for Q3, 2010, resulting in improved battery life. They are also 32 percent smaller based on package area sizing comparisons between mainstream small form factor processors to allow for 32 percent slimmer laptops, while also delivering more than 32 percent better performance.

Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology is available with the Core i5 and Core i7 series processors to automatically accelerate performance, adjusting to the workload to give users an immediate performance boost when needed. Meanwhile Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology, available in the ULV Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3 processors, is designed to provide responsiveness and help reduce latency when performing several tasks simultaneously. The new ULV processors also include Intel HD Graphics to ensure road warriors can enjoy HD video and audio playback in their downtime.

"Consumers crave laptops that offer style and performance, and the new 2010 Intel Core Ultra-Low Voltage processors for ultra-thin laptops delivers both, in one sleek design," said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel. "Intel's leadership in 32nm high-k metal gate process technology, combined with breakthrough architecture and design has enabled thinner, lighter and faster notebooks than previous models, with terrific battery life. Not only are laptops becoming ultraportable, but with the new processors inside, users will see faster response times and less waiting."

The new ULV Core processors will join ULV versions of Intel's Celeron and Pentium chips, that will still be available to manufacturers.

Intel says more than 40 designs at a variety of price points are expected from computer makers such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo and MSI beginning in June. So we can look forward to a few “world’s slimmest laptop” claims from then.