Intel has announced that its new Ultrabook systems are now available.
Driven by Intel Ivy Bridge processors, these devices offer increased media and graphics performance, long battery life, as well as better security to better protect personal information.
Ultrabook systems will now wake in an instant, which means that the system will convert from deep sleep to its active state in under seven seconds. On top of that, they will be "responsive while active" such that they will load and run users' favorite apps quickly. Users will also get to enjoy amazingly fast transfers, with the incorporation of the USB 3.0 and/or Thunderbolt technology.
Also, these devices are equipped with enhanced security features, including Intel Anti-Theft technology that allows people to automatically disable the system if it is lost or stolen, and Intel Identity Protection technology which helps keep users' identities safe.
In addition, when comparing the graphics and video processing improvements versus a 3 year-old Intel Core 2 Duo-based laptop, there is an up to 30 times improvement in video processing and up to a 19 times improvement in 3-D graphics.
Read on for the full press release.
SINGAPORE – The next wave of ultra sleek Ultrabook systems inspired by Intel are now available. Powered by 3rd generation Intel Core processors, made with the world’s most advanced 22nm 3-D tri-gate transistors, these new Ultrabook devices are responsive and more secure to better protect personal information. The new chips also offer increased media and graphics performance, long battery life and more choice in stylish designs.
This wave of Ultrabook devices brings Intel Corporation one step closer to delivering on the industry wide, multi-year endeavor to deliver a no-compromise, must-have computing experience. The innovation will continue in the coming years as Intel and the industry aim to raise the bar for personal computing experiences, evolving to more natural and intuitive interactions.
Ultrabook devices will wake in a flash, meaning the system will transition from deep sleep (S4 mode) to its active state in less than 7 seconds. Additionally, all Ultrabook devices are now required to be “responsive while active” in that they will load and run users’ favorite apps quickly.
Connecting at blazing speeds is also now possible with the addition of USB 3.0, Thunderbolt technology or both. Thunderbolt technology is a high-speed connection that allows incredibly fast transfers. For example, a full-length HD movie can be transferred to an Ultrabook in less than 30 seconds.
Security has become more important to protect users’ data, devices and personal assets. The next wave of Ultrabook systems is equipped with enhanced security features, including Intel Anti-Theft technology that lets people automatically disable the system if it is lost or stolen. Available in 11 languages and in major markets worldwide, people can activate free, limited-time Intel AT service subscriptions from Absolute Software*, McAfee*, Norton* and Intel on an Ultrabook right out of the box.
Additionally, all 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based Ultrabook devices have Intel Identity Protection technology built in to help keep users’ identities safe. With this technology, a payments processor, bank, online merchant, social media site or gaming site can establish a trusted relationship with the Ultrabook user and reduce the chance that imposters are using their identities on enabled websites and social networks.
Taking advantage of the company’s innovative 22nm tri-gate transistor manufacturing technology, Intel engineers have delivered significant improvements in performance for 3rd generation Intel Core processors with up to 22 percent faster performance on multithreaded applications compared to 2nd generation Intel Core processors. For example, experiences when using photo editing software or many games will significantly improve based on the new processors.
The new Ultrabooks have up to twice the video processing and 3-D graphics performance of the prior generation, cutting a user’s video processing time in half and making for a smoother, richer visual experience.
When comparing the graphics and video processing improvements versus a 3 year-old Intel Core 2 Duo-based laptop, there is an up to 30 times improvement in video processing and up to a 19 times improvement in 3-D graphics.
Conceived by Intel just over a year ago, the Ultrabook category was quickly embraced by the industry. More than 20 systems have been introduced since October 2011, and today momentum is growing with more than 110 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based Ultrabook devices under development.
Intel believes touch capabilities will fuel the industry to innovate and experiment with the style and design of future clamshell and Ultrabook convertible systems. This innovative design, which behaves like a laptop when users need to “create” and acts like a tablet when users want to “consume,” provides people the ultimate flexibility to work smart and play harder. Intel anticipates that around 30 touch-enabled systems, including 10 convertibles, could become available later this year, with the number increasing over time.
Intel is working across a broad cross-section of the industry to accelerate and enable thin and light designs. A recent and significant breakthrough in chassis design using existing materials and standard injection molding equipment will enable an Ultrabook chassis that is equivalent in quality to machined aluminum and die-cast metal solutions in the market today. Borrowing engineering approaches from the automotive and aerospace industries, the new chassis design has the potential to reduce chassis costs by up to 65 percent and is expected to be in market next year.
The introduction of 3rd Gen Intel Core also brings with it significant change to the business world with Intel® Core™ vPro™ and Intel® Small Business Advantage-enabled Ultrabook devices. The next-generation Intel vPro processor platform gives both the business user and IT managers what they want most: security paired with stylish designs, easy automation and new compute models that are both flexible and secure.
Innovation in the computing space is unprecedented and new experiences are being imagined all the time. For example, in the near future smartphones and other devices will be able to be charged easily and wirelessly from an Ultrabook or all-in-one PC. Additionally, with the addition of sensors such as GPS, accelerometer, ALS and proximity, the Ultrabook experience will continue to delight and surprise users worldwide.