Intel to launch Pentium 997 ULV CPU in Q4

We previously reported on mobile Intel Pentium microprocessors, coming at the end of Q3 or at the beginning of Q4 2012. The new CPUs are a mix of Sandy Bridge-based 987 and B980, and Ivy Bridge-based 2020M and 2117U chips. In addition to these models, later this year Intel will also launch ultra low voltage SKU with processor number 997.

Mobile Pentium 997 runs 100 MHz faster than the not yet released Pentium 987, whereas other CPU features are identical: two CPU cores, 2 MB L3 cache, integrated HD graphics, and the lack of any advanced technologies, including Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost. The processor operates at 1.6 GHz, and has 17 Watt Thermal Design Power. While the 997 will be the fastest between ULV Pentiums with Sandy Bridge core, it is still going to be 200 MHz behind Pentium 2117U "Ivy Bridge" CPU, that will be released simultaneously with the 997.

Pentium 997 will be available in the fourth quarter. The microprocessor already appeared in specifications of two notebooks, Lenovo IdeaPad S300 and Dell Inspiron 13z.

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