Intel Corporation Senior Vice President Tom
Kilroy officially introduced the next wave of Ultrabook™
systems during a keynote address at Computex
Taipei 2012. Making a bold statement around the importance of touch
technology, Kilroy also announced that Intel has signed agreements with
several leading touch panel manufacturers to ensure adequate capacity to
meet the expected demand for touch-enabled Ultrabook experiences over
the next several years.
He also highlighted the company’s efforts to deliver user-centric
experiences across a range of mobile devices from the Ultrabook to
smartphones and tablets, pointing to momentum across all three.
More than 35 new ultra-sleek, ultra-responsive Ultrabook systems are
available now or will be for purchase within 30 days, with more than 110
designs expected in the next year. Powered by 3rd
generation Intel® Core™ processors and made with the world’s most
advanced 22nm 3-D tri-gate transistors, these new Ultrabook devices are
more responsive and offer enhanced security in a selection of stylish
designs for consumers and business users.
“Our life experiences are defined by our senses -- by what we see, hear
and touch,” said Kilroy. “These human senses are also at the foundation
of Intel’s vision for the Ultrabook to deliver a no-compromise,
must-have computing experience.
“Today, thanks to the work of the industry at-large, we are one step
closer to meeting that vision with the arrival of the next wave of 3rd
generation Intel Core processor-powered devices. The innovation must
continue as we move to touch-based Ultrabook convertible designs, and in
the future aim to give them and other devices senses, making our
interaction with them natural and intuitive.”
Next Wave of Ultrabook Devices Bring More Responsiveness, Enhanced
In addition to increased responsiveness and enhanced security features,
Ultrabook devices powered by the new 3rd generation Intel Core
processors deliver up to two times the media and graphics performance
compared to the previous generation, long battery life and offer more
choice of stylish, thin designs.
This new wave of Ultrabook devices wakes up in a flash, meaning systems
will transition from hibernation mode to an active state in less than 7
seconds and will also load favorite applications quickly1. Intel®
Smart Connect Technology helps keep email and social networks
automatically updated even while the Ultrabook sleeps, thus conserving
power and battery life.
As security becomes more important to consumers who want peace of mind
in the protection of their data and personal assets, the next wave of
Ultrabook systems is equipped with enhanced security features, including Intel®
Anti-Theft technology that lets users automatically disable the
system if it is lost or stolen. Kilroy announced that people in several
major markets worldwide can activate free, limited-time service
subscriptions right out of the box from Absolute Software*, McAfee*,
Norton* and Intel.
Additionally, all 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based Ultrabook
devices have Intel®
Identity Protection technology built in to keep peoples’ identity
safe and ensure that their favorite websites and social networks know
it’s really them when logging in.
The Ultrabook is also now coming to the enterprise. Built with the 3rd
generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor platform, these Ultrabook
devices provide businesses the security and performance to compute with
confidence in the stylish and innovate designs business users desire.
Touch-Enabled, Ultrabook Convertible Designs Offer No-Compromise
First announced by Intel just over a year ago, the Ultrabook category
ushers in a new era of computing that has been quickly fueled by
innovation from the broad industry.
“Thank you to our partners here in Taiwan and the computing industry
at-large for the unprecedented innovation to bring the Ultrabook to life
in such a short time,” said Kilroy. “But we’re just getting started.”
Later this year, Intel and the industry will further evolve Ultrabook
devices 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. Kilroy
said touch will also help fuel even more innovation and new experiences,
particularly for Ultrabook convertibles that offer a truly no-compromise
To that end, Kilroy announced touch capacity agreements with several
leading touch vendors including Cando, HannsTouch, TPK and Wintek. The
agreements are an important element of Intel’s overall industry enabling
effort and the future of the Ultrabook experience.
Bringing the Best of Intel Technology to Smartphones, Tablets
Highlighting the company’s progress in its smartphone business, Kilroy
pointed to the imminent in-store availability
in the United Kingdom and France of Orange’s new high-performance
Android* smartphone based on Intel technology. The Intel-powered Lenovo*
LePhone* K800 launched online and in retail stores on May 30 in
China. These phones join Lava’s
XOLO* X900, the first smartphone with Intel inside, which launched
in India in April.
Kilroy said Intel is committed to delivering a great all-around and
secure smartphone experience, including fast browsing and downloads,
great multitasking, a brilliant camera, great graphics and video
performance with competitive battery life.
He also said Intel-based tablets will extend the smartphone experience
while offering compatibility with the extensive library of existing
applications and devices. The company has 20 design wins based on the
forthcoming 32nm Intel® Atom™ SoC, codenamed “Clover Trail,”
and designed for Microsoft* Windows* 8. Whether in slate, convertible or
other innovative designs, these tablets will be capable of delivering an
always-on, always-connected experience that includes very thin solutions
and all-day battery life.
The combination of Windows 8 with Intel inside is designed to give users
the ability to run new applications offered in the fast and fluid
Windows 8 user interface, while also supporting the existing Windows
applications people know and use today.
The Future: Computers that See, Hear and Feel
Kilroy challenged the industry to shape the future of computing
experiences by giving computers senses, or the ability to see, hear and
feel much like people do. The addition of the touch-enabled experiences
to the Ultrabook is only the beginning.
Kilroy demonstrated for the first time a multi-language voice experience
based on Nuance’s Dragon* engine and speech technology optimized for
Intel® architecture on an Ultrabook™. Announced in January,
the companies are collaborating to provide a great voice experience to
consumers. With this solution, users can 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 multi-task.
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
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1 Requires 16GB of NAND cache and minimum PCMark Vantage