Taipei, Taiwan - Intel
today defined what it is calling a new class of thin, light and powerful
laptops at the Computex trade show.
Intel executive VP Sean
Maloney called the new product category the "Ultrabook." He described these
upcoming portable computers as being about 0.8-inches thick and cost under
$1,000 yet will be as powerful as a full-size PC.
The first models,
expected out later this year, will run on Intel's second generation, Sandy
Bridge, Core processors.
The first batch to hit
stores will include the ASUS UX21 Ultrabook, along with models from Apple,
Lenovo and Samsung.
Maloney made the
announcement during his keynote address at the show.
Maloney also shared news
on the roadmap for Intel Atom processor family. He said it will be moved from
the 32nm to 22nm to 14nm platforms in three successive years. In May Intel announced
its 22nm form factor that uses the company's Tri-gate technology and said it
would become the standard for all its processors.
He also showed off 10
tablet PCs running on an Atom Z670 processor. Maloney also discussed Intel's
Medfield processor family, a 32nm version purpose built for tablets and
smartphones that can run the Android and MeeGo OS. It will allow for sub-9mm
thick tablet designs that way about 1.5 pounds, he said. These could be on the
market as early as mid 2012.