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Intel: Bunches of Windows 8 Tablets and Ultrabooks Are to Come




Intel took advantage of the keynote speech at Computex to showcase new devices carrying Intel processors. It presented 50 upcoming ultrabooks and more than 20 Windows 8-based tablets running on Intel.

Intel reviewed the requirements a device to qualify as an ultrabook. As of June 2012, it should have Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, Intel Core, at least 5 hours of battery life, at least 16 GB of storage capacity, a USB 3.0 port, Intel Management Engine 8.0, Intel Anti-Theft Technology, Intel Identity Protection Technology, and a resumption time of only 7 seconds or less from hibernation. Its maximum size is specified as well: 18 mm for devices with 13.3-inch displays, 21 mm for devices with 14-inch displays, and 23 mm for convertible convertible tablet-notebook hybrids.

Intel has the capability to specify these requirements because it owns the trademark for the name ultrabook. To cope with these requirements, Intel also acknowledged the developments in technology that ultrabook makers are using, including flat batteries and solid state disks.

Intel also discussed its interest in investing in touch-enabled devices. The twenty tablets that it unveiled are all running on the Clover Trail chip, which Intel is pushing for more manufacturers to use. Currently, many tablet makers using Intel are using Oak Trail, such as Dell and Hewlett Packard. Intel, however, believes that with the entry of Windows 8 into the market, it is better to use the new Clover Trail processor.

Clover Trail processor-based tablets will have more than 9 hours of battery life, weigh lower than 680 grams, have a size of less than nine millimeters in thickness, and offer 3G/4G connectivity. They will moreover have Intel’s security offerings.

Intel-based devices dominate the Taipei computer expo, with Samsung, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus having their own models. On the other hand, few ARM-based devices, Intel’s rival in manufacturing processors, may be found. However, this trend might change when Windows reveals a new version of Windows OS that is capable of running on ARM-based devices. Thus, Intel’s focus on how much support it is getting from ultrabook and tablet manufacturers is very important at this stage.

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