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Intel plots new roadmaps for Ultrabook, mobile devices

Posted: 02 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel's vision is to enable a new user experience by accelerating the development of a new class of mobile computers which will marry the performance and capabilities of today's laptops with tablet-like features to deliver a highly-responsive and secure experience, in a thin, light and elegant design, said Maloney.

The Ultrabook will be shaped by Moore's Law and silicon technology in the same way that Intel has shaped the traditional PC for the past 40 years.

Maloney said three key phases will accelerate the company's strategy and vision, beginning with the company's latest second-generation Intel Core processors, followed by a next-generation Intel processor codenamed "Ivy Bridge" and planned 2013 laptops codenamed "Haswell."

According to Maloney the company's latest 2nd generation Intel Core processors will be available in December 2011. These processors will enable the development of thin, light and beautifully-designed connected mobile devices that are less than 20mm thick with a mainstream price of less than $1,000. These products will include the UX21 Asus Ultrabook, he added.

"Asus customers are demanding an uncompromised computing experience in a lightweight, highly-portable design that responds to their needs quickly. Transforming the PC into an ultra thin, ultra responsive device will change the way people interact with their PCs," said ASUS chairman, Jonney Shih.

The second key phasethe next-generation Intel processor family codenamed "Ivy Bridge"will build on the latest 2nd Generation Intel Core technology and will be available in systems in the first half of 2012 to give laptops improved power efficiency, smart visual performance, increased responsiveness and enhanced security.

Ivy Bridge will be the first high-volume chip based on Intel's 22nm manufacturing technology that uses a revolutionary 3D transistor design called Tri-Gate.

Maloney also highlighted the complementary USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt technologies that are part of Intel's ongoing work to drive the PC platform forward.

After Ivy Bridge, Maloney said the third step will be the planned 2013 laptop products codenamed "Haswell." Maloney believes that with Haswell, Intel will change the mainstream laptop thermal design point by reducing the microprocessor power to half of today's design point while reinventing the capabilities of the laptop in ultra thin and light, responsive and more secure designs.

With regard to accelerating the Intel Atom processor roadmap, Maloney highlighted key milestones and additional details on upcoming generations of Intel Atom processor-based platforms for tablets, netbooks and smartphones. According to Maloney, the Atom processor will outpace Moore's Law, accelerating from 32nm through 22nm to 14nm within three successive years. The cadence of producing a new-process-generation every year will result in a significant reduction in transistor leakage, lower active power and an increase of transistor density to enable more powerful smartphones, tablets, and netbooks with more features and longer battery life.

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