New Sandy Bridge Processors Coming For MacBook Air



Intel’s family of Sandy Bridge processors is about to get a whole lot bigger as the chip manufacturing company ramps up production of new ultra-low voltage (ULV) processors that would be a perfect fit for my favorite portable computer — the MacBook Air.

CPU World has let the proverbial cat out of the bag with a leak this week showing a trio of Core i5 and i7 CPU models that would be faster than the chips currently offered by Intel. Those chips run between 1.4Ghz and 1.6Ghz.

According to CPU World, the new Core i5 2557M will run at 1.7Ghz with the ability to Turbo Boost to 2.7Ghz while the Core i7 2637M and 2677M will run at 1.7Ghz and 1.8Ghz respectively with the ability to run at up to 2.8Ghz and 2.9Ghz respectively.

The three new processors will be dual-core with Hyperthreaded processors including graphics cores that range from 350MHz to 1.2Ghz. Main differences from existing CPUs would be a smaller on-board cache of only 3MB of Level 3 cache versus 4MB and lower clock speeds. The chips will use 17 watts of power between the graphics and processor making them efficient enough to be tucked inside of Apple’s MacBook Air.

The chips themselves are due later in the year, but how late is the question. These new processors could significantly impact the base performance of the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs.

Rumors say that the MacBook Air will see a refresh this summer, but the current models were released last Fall and it is anyone’s guess if Apple will wait until then to upgrade the popular MacBook Air product line.

  • Roberto Barreto

     Poor samsung 9 series…

  • Jeff Bernard

     If they release an i5 or i7 Air, I will be the first in line. Hopefully we get a good leak as far as release date so i can put my current Air on eBay before the new babies drop. 

  • Pavel Karizek

    But I still miss backlit keyboard and Thunderbolt…

  • ochjag

    well, if you don’t want to compromise buy the MBP.

  • Vladi Iancu

     I am not so sure they are in a great hurry.They still win (cash-wise) selling the current version of Air

  • fernando

    what worries me is the slow toshiba ssd they currently use.
    No thunderbolt no go

  • bd7349

    The SSD is most definitely not slow. I’m using it now and it’s very, very fast. 

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  • TylerHoj

     “No thunderbolt no go” …are you getting tiered of not having a port for all over those thunderbolt peripherals that don’t exist? 

  • anonymous

     backlit keyboard in the macbook air would be a killer feature. must in the next gen!!

  • cheesy11

     im thinking about a new macbook, however again im wiating for updates, because i dont want to buy one and then a new one comes out a few months down the line

  • stanwol

    The backlit keyboard on my MB Air is great. 

  • Sahanatrymytech

     now Sansubride in Air as well..hope to get thunderbolt in it as well

  • AppBuster

    But the MBP 13 compromises in display resolution compared to the MBA.

  • marioyohanes

    Once they released MacBook Air with i5 or i7, I’ll be the first one to ditch my MBP as my mobile laptop… I want it so badly… please launch it this june or july… 

  • Yuval Novik

     The real question, is is it as fast as the fastest SDD in the same price range, not if it’s fast comparing to what you know.

  • Support 18inc

    Being someone who takes apart Apple products on a fairly regular basis. It’s clear why no backlighting went into the newer MBA’s. Simply put, there’s just no room unless they have a new processing to make the lighting unit thinner. Even then, there’s barely space as it is. Every last part was made to exist perfectly together. There’s no empty space like in the iPad and MacBook Pro lines.