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Defined by a specification from Intel, an ultrabook device is a computer that is somewhere between a laptop and a tablet. Here we bring you the opportunity to review these new exciting models and learn more about this fast-developing technology.
The name Ultrabook is an Intel trademark. They hope with this marketing initiative, plus a huge investment, to reinvigorate the PC market against the rising competition from tablets, which are in most cases powered by rivaling ARM-based processors.
This is Intel's explanation: "Ultrabook systems marry thin and light with the best in performance, responsiveness, security, and battery life-filling the gap between desktop/laptop and tablet. We are reinventing the PC again. An ultrabook device is ultra-responsive and ultra-sleek."
Intel incorporate new processors and flash-based SSDs in the ultrabooks and claim that their main purpose will be their light weight, long battery life, strong performance, ultra-fast loading times, and reasonable pricing. The company estimates that by the end of 2012, 40% of the laptop market will be ultrabooks.
There are three phases planned in ultrabook developement, each of which comes with the release of different low voltage processors. We have already passed the first phase in Q4 2011 and the second one in Q2 2012 which main targets were 30% increase in integrated graphics performance and 20% increase in CPU performance compared to phase one. And the third phase, which comes in 2013, is going to bring us ultrabooks, which will have half power consumption compared to 2011 hardware.
The world has already seen some of this promising hi-tech devices. Some manufacturers are selling ultrabooks at present and thus have made one step in front of their competitors.