In May 2011 Intel unveiled its vision to re-invent mobile computing once again with the introduction of a new category of device that delivers the most complete and satisfying computing experience, called the Ultrabook. 21 devices with the 2nd generation Intel Core processors were launched in the inaugural year. These “must-have” Ultrabook systems deliver superior performance, have built-in security and are ultra responsive – all in ultra sleek and sexy designs.
Now, Intel forges into the second wave with the launch of Ultrabook systems based on Intel’s 3rd generation Intel Core processors (formerly codenamed “Ivy Bridge”). The lates Ultrabook systems raise the bar for users’ computing experiences and enable more choices in style and design while delivering increased responsiveness, improved power efficiency, greater security and up to 2x better media and graphics over previous generations.
Intel is enabling a computing experience for Ultrabook users with a new level of security tha helps keep personal information personal. Features built into the silicon, coupled with software and services, better protect the things consumers care most about – identity, data and devices – for a more worry-free computing experience and greater peace of mind right from the start.
Ultrabook Key Features
- 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.
- All 3rd generation Intel Core Ultrabook devices wake up in a flash — going from a very deep sleep state (S4) to full use (keyboard interaction) in less than 7 seconds, and wake up from “sleep” mode even faster. Additionally, they must be responsive while active, meaning they will load and run favorite applications quickly.
- 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.
- Intel Anti-Theft (Intel AT) technology is a hardware-based technology that makes it possible to lock down an Ultrabook if it’s lost or stolen and helps secure sensitive information stored on the devices hard drive. If recovered, it can be quickly reactivated to full functionality. Intel AT enabled-services are available from Absolute Software, Intel, Norton and McAfee.
- Ultrabook systems come enabled with Intel Identify Protection technology to provide a more secure online experience for activities such as 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.
- Ultrabooks based on 3rd generation Core must have either USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt technology to enable incredibly fast transfer capabilities.
Future Specifications – Aiming High!
Phase 3 of the Ultrabook rollout starts in 2013 when Intel expects the majority of the market to have undergone the conversion to Ultrabook devices with its next-generation “Haswell” (codename) processor. 2013 models based on Intel’s next-generation “Haswell” processors will deliver longer connected standby battery life (more than 10 days expected in some cases) as a result of the more than 20x anticipated reduction in connected standby power in “Haswell”.