Two months ago I talked about how HP could potentially stuff “Sandy Bridge 1.5” in their TouchSmart tm2, seeing how their consumer-level tablet model is the only model at the moment that hasn’t received the Intel 2011 Sandy Bridge update treatment. Today, Intel ushered out of its doors, three new ultra-low voltage Sandy Bridge chips… ripe and ready to be used in a potential TouchSmart tm2 update, if I may add?
With all of them carrying TDP ratings of 17W, two cores (and four threads) worth of processing power and Intel’s Sandy Bridge generation HD3000 integrated graphics, they are the upper-tier 1.8 GHz Core i7-2677M (Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz), midrange 1.7 GHz Core i7-2637M (Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz) and an affordable 1.7 GHz Core i5-2557M (Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz). What differentiates the two Core i7 chips from the lonely Core i5 one, is that the i7’s come with 4MB of Level 3 cache, while the i5 chip has just 3MB of L3 cache.
While Apple fans will be the main ones cheering, since these Sandy Bridge processors are likely to make their way to the latest MacBook Air models during the late summer/fall refresh, people looking for something more flexible with a touchscreen, more affordable price tag and more beefy graphics power should be delighted too… since this could mean an updated TouchSmart tm2 might just be in the pipeline.
And in the event that the TouchSmart tm2 does get updated, expect something like the AMD Radeon 6470M stuffed under the hood (see why here) with Intel Sandy Bridge too. And perhaps with a cosmetic dose of glossy black paint too.