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CES: Intel shows its next generation of ultrabooks and all-in-ones

Company plans to make devices more flexible
Tue Jan 08 2013, 01:11
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LAS VEGAS: CHIPMAKER Intel has revealed a strategy for its ultrabook and all-in-one brands that will see touch and portablility take centre stage.

Speaking at the 2013 CES conference, PC client group general manager Kirk Skaugen told reporters that the future of PCs and notebooks will see devices that are more portable and receptive to touch and gesture.

Skaugen showcased a number of hardware designs that Intel hopes to have its chips powering in the coming year with its Core processor lines.

Among the devices described by Skaugen was an even thinner and lighter ultrabook design. The Intel exec showcased a prototype system that was just 17mm thin and used dual batteries embedded beneath the keyboard and display to achieve battery life of some 13 hours. The system would range from $799 to $899 in cost and is being offered to PC vendors as a reference design.

Skaugen also believes that premium features that were originated in ultrabook systems will soon be making their way to the lower cost markets. He believes that by the end of the year touch capabilities will be available on notebooks priced below $600.

Additionally, the Intel executive suggested that the thin design model of the ultrabook is spreading throughout the PC market.

He said, "The entire market has gotten thinner, the entire market has been drafting [ultrabooks] as a bow wave."

The company also showcased a set of new designs for all-in-one systems, including semi-portable models that could be unplugged and moved to various rooms running on battery power.

Designed for interactivity in both the home and office, the all-in-one systems can be adjusted to nearly lay flat and be operated by multiple users via touch. Such systems could offer improved experiences for gaming, media creation and social networking activities.

The company has amassed a group of games, social media and productivity software developers to support the platform, including Electronic Arts and Microsoft.

"That is going to create a new experience for both businesses and consumers," Skaugen said. "This is more than just hardware platforms, we are announcing a broad ecosystem around these mobile all-in-ones." µ

 

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