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Intel introduces next-gen of ultrabooks

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ultrabook? high-end notebooks? portable computer market?

Intel Corp. officially introduced the next wave of ultrabook systems at the Computex Expo in Taiwan. The company also announced that they have signed agreements with several leading touch panel manufacturers to ensure that they will meet the expected demand for their upcoming products.

The leading manufacturer in processors targets more than 35 new ultra-sleek, ultra-responsive ultrabook systems to be available for purchase within the month, with more than 110 designs expected in the next year. The new devices are more responsive and offer enhanced security in a selection of stylish designs for consumers and business users. The new notebooks are powered by 3rd generation Intel Core processors and made with Intel's 22nm 3D tri-gate transistors.

New ultrabooks offer high responsiveness, enhanced security
Powered by 3rd generation Intel Core processors, the new ultrabook devices will deliver up to two times the media and graphics performance compared to the previous generation, Intel said. The new generation of notebooks also possess long battery life and offer sleek designs. They can also boot up quickly with systems transition from hibernation mode to an active state in less than 7 seconds, the company noted. Intel also added the Smart Connect Technology to help keep email and social networks update automatically even sleep mode, conserving battery life.

In terms of security, Intel said that the new ultrabooks are equipped with features such as Intel's Anti-Theft Technology that lets users automatically disable the system if it is lost or stolen. Consumers in several major markets worldwide can also activate free, limited-time service subscriptions from Absolute Software, McAfee, Norton and Intel. All 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based devices also contain its Identity Protection technology; ensuring users are able to securely enter their favorite websites while protecting their personal information. These new devices will also be available in enterprise models containing the 3rd generation Intel Core vPro Processor.

Ultrabook devices will further evolve with the addition of touch-based experiences. Intel believes that touch capability is a key component to the ultrabook experience and will be increasingly important across a wide range of devices. Intel also announced touch capacity agreements with several leading touch vendors. The agreements are an important element of Intel's overall industry enabling effort and the future of the ultrabook experience.

The future: Computers that see, hear, feel
Intel aims to go beyond touch-based technology, adding other features that incorporate a person's senses. Intel's senior VP Tom Kilroy demonstrated a multilanguage voice experience based on Nuance's Dragon engine and speech technology optimized for Intel architecture on an ultrabook. With this added solution, users will be check and update their social media sites, initiate voice over IP calls, search the Internet and control their media. Users can also control the ultrabook when not connected to the Internet by using their voice to quickly and easily launch applications, play local media and multitask.

Kilroy said the company is working on future technologies that could let people engage more naturally and intuitively with a variety of devices, from the Ultrabook or smartphone to everyday intelligent systems. Such applications could include perceptual computing, intuitive and immersive short-range gesture recognition, using smartphones to interact with and control an ultrabook or desktop PC, or even track a person's heart rate through technology that "sees" and analyzes the movement of a person's cheeks.

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