CHIPMAKER Intel has hinted that touchscreen enabled Ultrabook laptops will tip up next year with the introduction of Windows 8.
Next year's Ultrabook selection will offer Intel's Ivy Bridge processor and will also feature touchscreen control, according to Tom's Hardware. This makes some sense, considering that the Windows 8 user interface has a tile system similar to that of the Windows Phone operating system.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini said at the Intel Capital Global Summit, "Starting with Windows 8, you [will] have a mainstream operating system incorporating touch."
"Our view is that in the ultrabook lines, touch is a pretty critical enabler. When users see that new Windows interface, they're going to want to touch it. If the screen does nothing, you [will] have disappointed [the] consumer."
We saw an Ultrabook running Windows 8 at this year's Intel Developer Forum in September. However, it did not have a touchscreen and was demonstrated using just the keyboard and mouse. The demonstrator was keen to point out the fact that it worked fine without touchscreen support.
The Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks we saw at IDF didn't have Windows 8 or touchscreen support either, but apparently they were just on stage to look pretty.
Otellini said that to achieve this, "we have to get touch to a lower cost. This is particularly important, as we move to the launch of Windows 8. The iPad and the iPhone have made touch a paradigm." He also said that Chipzilla will invest in this area with the Ultrabook Fund. µ