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The Ultrabooks are coming

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Intel 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 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,” says 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.”

In addition to increased responsiveness and enhanced security features, Ultrabook devices powered by the new 3rd generation Intel Core processors deliver up to twice 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 will transition from hibernation mode to an active state in less than seven seconds and will also load favourite applications quickly. 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.

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 favourite 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.

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 says touch will also help fuel even more innovation and new experiences, particularly for Ultrabook convertibles that offer a truly no-compromise computing experience.

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.