Intel invests $300 million on light "ultrabooks" with big batteries

Intel logoIntel intends to invest $300 million in a push for the development of thin and light laptops that can go for days on standby and still sell for under $1,000. The company refers to this class of computers as "ultrabooks," laptops that would be positioned to compete with devices like the MacBook Air or the iPad.

Ideally, this research money would go toward developing computers that are under an inch thick, with robust batteries and very short startup times, Intel says. But the sub-$1,000 price point appears equally as important as the other factors, and it's one that will be difficult to achieve in a device that must necessarily include a solid-state drive if it wants to achieve a quick startup time.

Intel isn't the first to get behind the concept of an ultrabook: Asus showed its 2.4-pound "ultrabook" with a 13-inch screen, U100 SSD, and Core i7 CPU at Computex in May, and pegged the price as sub-$1,000. By the end of 2012, Intel is aiming to convert 40 percent of available laptop models to an ultrabook format, making "mobile computers into the next 'must have' device," Intel Executive Vice President Arvind Sodhani told Bloomberg Businessweek, in evident hopes that the company will be able to pull consumers back from the burgeoning tablet market.

The $300 million fund will be spent over the next three or four years; for its part, Intel will keep creating processors that draw less battery power. But the ultrabook is not far from market; Intel says the first generation will hit shelves by this holiday shopping season.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Intel, notebooks

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Apple has plans to help improve on Siri with their latest acquisition
The idea of turning a foldable smartphone into a wearable isn't new
Don’t expect to see an Apple modem in the 2019 iPhones or even the 2020 ones
New feature currently in development for Chromium
The Galaxy Watch Active at its Galaxy S10 event on February 20
Major WSL improvement coming in Windows 10 version 1903
Apple initially just took the Group FaceTime feature offline while it worked behind the scenes to fix the bug
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (14)