Sneak Peek of the Next Wave of Ultrabook™ Systems at Computex Taipei 2012

The next wave of Ultrabook devices powered by 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors will be officially introduced next week at Computex Taipei 2012. With this launch, we are one step closer to realizing Intel’s vision for a multi-year, industry-wide endeavor to create a no-compromise, more secure computing experience. 

It’s hard to believe that one year ago Sean Maloney was on stage at this same event, talking about this new and very important charter. Initial systems were introduced starting in October 2011, there are 21 Ultrabook devices in the market today, and momentum is growing with more than 110 designs in the pipeline (and more coming). Perhaps from an outside perspective, this might appear to have been an easy shift, but it was anything but. We worked with customers, partners and suppliers around the world to re-think and re-design virtually every major component that makes up an Ultrabook. 

We can’t wait for everyone to see the next wave of systems based on the 3rd generation Intel Core processors (previously code named “Ivy Bridge”), many of which will be unveiled at Computex next week. These devices will raise the bar for what people expect from their computing experiences. 

Intel engineers have lowered average power for improved battery life and advanced the security features to help keep personal information safe. New Ultrabooks will deliver impressive 3D graphics that will have 2X performance gains in media and graphics on our 17W Ultra processors (gen over gen). 

Additionally, there will be more choice in style with a variety of both traditional but sleek and ultrathin clamshell designs as well as new convertible systems which means that the device can change physical form based on how you want to use it – in laptop or tablet mode. You can also expect to hear more about touch and the new convertible designs that will begin to appear in the market later in 2012. Today, we are tracking around 30 touch-enabled systems, of which 10 are convertibles and those numbers continue to grow. 

We’ve also upped the specifications that we use to define a 3rd gen Intel Core-based Ultrabook device. Here are just a couple of new benefits we think will surprise and delight people in their everyday uses:

  • Thin designs
      • Ultrabook devices must be 18mm or less in thickness for systems with displays less than 14 inches and 21mm or less for systems with displays 14 inches or more; some current systems are much thinner.
  • Responsive
      • All 3rd generation Intel Core Ultrabook devices wake in a flash – going from a very deep sleep state (S4) to full use (keyboard interaction) in less than 7 seconds and wake from “sleep” mode even faster. Additionally, they must be responsive while active, meaning they will load and run favorite applications quickly.
  • Extended battery life
      • Ultrabook devices must offer at least 5 hours of battery life, with many meeting the recommended level of 8 hours plus in even the sleekest form factors.
  • Security enabled
      • Anti-Theft technology is a hardware-based technology that makes it possible to lock down an Ultrabook system if it’s lost or stolen and helps secure sensitive information stored on the device’s hard drive.
      • Ultrabook™ systems come enabled with Intel® Identity Protection technology to provide a more secure online experience for activities like shopping, banking or gaming online. It uses chip-level authentication similar to hardware tokens and is widely regarded by security experts as a more secure approach than software-only authentication.
  • Fast I/O
      • Ultrabook devices based on 3rd generation Intel Core must have either USB 3 or Thunderbolt technology to enable incredibly fast transfer capabilities.
  • Processor
      • Powered by the Intel Core processor family for Ultrabook. 

For a visual look at the Ultrabook requirements, check out the Ultrabook Experience infographic.

On June 5, Tom Kilroy, Intel senior vice president and general manager, Sales and Marketing Group, will deliver the opening keynote in Taiwan at Computex 2012 where he’ll make the announcement and also describe how the company is innovating to deliver superior experiences across a range of mobile devices.

Tune in to the webcast streaming June 4 at 11 p.m. PT (2 p.m. local time in Taiwan) on the Intel Facebook page. The presentation will also be archived in the Intel Newsroom.

Becky Emmett

About Becky Emmett

Having joined Intel in 2008, Becky Emmett manages the PC client, Ultrabook and consumer PR team within Intel’s Global Communication Group. She received a B.S. from Portland State University and has since spent the last 13 years working in the public relations industry, primarily in the technology space. When not at work, Becky enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons and daughter. She is also an avid blogger and can’t seem to log out of Twitter and Facebook.

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