Intel|Ultrabooks|Computex technology exhibition 2011
“Technology innovation is a catalyst, and we believe the changes Intel is making to its roadmaps, together with industry collaboration, will bring about any exciting change in personal computing over the next few years.” -Quoted by Intel executive vice president Sean Maloney at Computex technology exhibition 2011(Taiwan).The speech was followed as Intel is looking to combine the best of laptops and tablets with the “Ultrabook” as it looks to make up for lost ground in the chip market.
So far as in CPU manufacturing Industry experts believe that Intel has struggled to get its chips into mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, with both booming markets favouring ARM Processors.While Intel has dominated the market for the processors used in personal computers, ARM-based architecture chips are used in almost all smartphones and most of today’s tablets, including Apple’s popular iPhone and iPad.However, Intel is still trying to invade ARM’s territory by producing faster chips that use less power, which are needed for smaller devices.To make up for that, the chip giant has created an entirely new class of devices-“Ultrabook” :combine the best features of laptops and tablets.Ultrabooks are light-weight laptops with tablet features such as always-on connectivity, fast boot times, and “thin, light, beautiful designs” less than 0.8in thick.
Ultrabooks will be distinct from mainstream notebook primarily by their design: they’ll be less than 20mm (0.8 inches) thick, feature USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectivity, and sport some “tablet-like” features.The first version was shown off by Asus at Computex in Taipei- The Asus UX21 Ultrabook .The new laptop has a unibody design, is just 0.67-inches at its thickest point (the MacBook Air is 0.68 in.), and can support up to a Core i7 processor. The 2.4-pound laptop also has an 11.6-inch display with 1366-by-768 resolution, glass trackpad, mini-HDMI, one USB 2.0 port, and one USB 3.0, according to a number of reports& Asus’ demo model included 4GB of RAM.
Intel has announced three waves of Ultrabooks. The first wave becomes available later in 2011 and will include laptops based on the current crop of Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors.The second wave of Ultrabooks will start hitting in the first half of 2012 and will include Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors based on the Sandy Bridge architecture. The new chips are the first to use Intel’s new 22-nanometer (nm) manufacturing technology that can implement 3D transistors on Intel chips. The result is a chip that is 37 percent faster than Intel processors made using the 32-nm manufacturing process, according to the company.Ivy Bridge chips will also include hardware support for Microsoft ‘ s DirectX 11 graphics.
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