I went to the Intel site and had a look at their microcontroller site. There's absolutely nothing there, except for a link to a part which has been discontinued since 13 years.
Datasheets are crucial! They should give you an answer to all the questions you're asking: about the voltage levels (not the reasons, they don't tell you that), brownout, power consumption, etc.
You would typically compare datasheets of a number of products before you make a design choice. Watch out for parameters which are prime to your design. If you have a very low power design, the first thing to look for is power consumption, under different conditions. If your product is compact you will look at packages.
It's all in the datasheet. Now Intel doesn't seem to have datasheets, maybe because the products don't exist anymore, but whatever the reason this doesn't help you.
In that case, and that's what you always should do if the manufacturer offers you a bad service, go to another manufacturer. Why did you choose Intel in the first place? They haven't been a major player in the microcontroller field for many years. Today for 8-bit you would probably go to Microchip PIC, or Atmel AVR. For 32-bit there are many manufacturers offering ARM controllers in dozens of versions, with all kinds of features. NXP is a favorite of mine. Look around!