Intel’s Ultrabook Introduces New Class of Laptops
Intel has directed its mobile computing efforts towards an entirely new category of laptops -- Ultrabooks.
Intel’s Ultrabook is a thin, elegant machine, powered by the new 22mm Ivy Bridge processors that costs less than $1,000. In other words, an Ultrabook is a cross between the MacBook Air and the iPad. It has the benefits of tablets, but with the same performance and capabilities of laptops today.
Intel is planning to deliver the Ivy Bridge to the market by end of the first quarter of 2012, and transfer 40 percent of consumer laptops to the Ultrabook design by the end of the same year. Ultrabooks will be powered by Intel’s next generation of chips, codenamed Haswell, by 2013 and beyond. These will use even less power, allowing manufacturers to create even thinner and lighter laptops.
However, the first Ultrabooks will be based on Intel’s recent Sandy Bridge architecture. In fact, the Asus UX21 has already been introduced at Computex. It’s a thin and stylish 11.6-inch laptop, powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU and has an USB 3.0 port, a mini-HDMI port, SSD storage and weighs 2.2 pounds. The quick storage and powerful CPU do give it several features that make it akin to a tablet.View Article Source »