Intel new ultra low voltage Celeron key to cheap Ultrabooks?

Intel has added a new Celeron processor, the 1019Y, to its price list this week. This model is a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz with 2MB of L2 cache, an integrated Intel HD graphics unit and is based on the Ivy Bridge architecture.

It doesn’t support Hyper-Threading or AES instructions but it is manufactured using a 22nm process technology which means that it should have a very low TDP. Intel quotes 10W with a typical design power envelope of 7W.

The 1019Y marks an important step towards cheaper Ultrabooks as it is around half the price of the next cheapest Y-series processor, the Core i3-3229Y which is around $200 in 1000-unit.

Interestingly, the 1019Y is not very far off the TDP of some dual-core Atom processors on the market, although it does cost way more.

One can expect that other cheap processors (Celeron and even Pentium) will soon be added to the foray as Intel seeks to increase the appeal of Ultrabooks with cheaper prices. Experts reckons that the 1019Y will be able to cut the average entry level price of Ultrabooks by $100.