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Intel says future ultrabooks will come with touchscreens, voice recognition

Agam Shah | Jan. 11, 2012
Future ultrabook laptops will have touchscreens, voice recognition, longer battery life and lower prices, an Intel executive said Monday, as he also took a swipe at tablets during a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show.

New ultrabooks coming later this year will be based on the Ivy Bridge microprocessor, which will follow current Core processors code-named Sandy Bridge. Acer on Sunday showed its upcoming Aspire s5 ultrabook with an Ivy Bridge microprocessor and said the chip provides more than a 20 percent CPU performance improvement and 30 percent graphics improvement.

Ultrabooks will deliver the performance of standard laptops and will on average generate power of 17 watts, Eden said. The performance can be scaled up to 35 watts -- that of standard laptops -- to boost performance based on application demands.

Eden demonstrated an ultrabook with Ivy Bridge running a high-performance game, much like standard laptops.

Ivy Bridge will be followed by processors code-named Haswell, which will provide 20 times improvement in idle time on laptops.

"I'm waiting to see some of my competition doing this," Eden said.

Intel last year announced a $300 million fund to promote the development of technologies for ultrabooks. Research firm IHS iSuppli has predicted that ultrabook shipments will be 136.5 million in 2015, up from less than 1 million expected this year.

So, PC makers are using CES as a springboard for ultrabooks. Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Lenovo have already announced ultrabooks, some of which are targeted at business customers.


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