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Intel Plots Plan for Super-thin Ultrabook Segment

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May 31, 2011 4:17:53 AM

Nice, and the 20nm proc will be really nice. If this thing can run for 12 hours on batt, im buying it.
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May 31, 2011 5:33:38 AM

just what i've been waiting for! I'll definitely be looking to buy one of these..screw Mac OS. I want something thin running windows.
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May 31, 2011 5:33:43 AM

memadmaxNice, and the 20nm proc will be really nice. If this thing can run for 12 hours on batt, im buying it.


Considering that IB will be 22nm and utilize tri-gate tech, I am sure that battery life will jump up quite a bit. If they implement power gating as well like in current gen Atoms, then they can probably achieve 12 hours.
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May 31, 2011 5:43:21 AM

Looks much better than Macbook Airs.
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May 31, 2011 5:47:29 AM

Incoming lawsuit from Apple for infringing on their 'design' patent
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May 31, 2011 6:10:32 AM

... apple will go full AMD and sue intel...
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May 31, 2011 6:15:26 AM

jimmysmittyConsidering that IB will be 22nm and utilize tri-gate tech, I am sure that battery life will jump up quite a bit. If they implement power gating as well like in current gen Atoms, then they can probably achieve 12 hours.

the new gateing could increase over all preformance per clock, and allow for smaller processes, but it may also improve high clock power useage.

not quite sure beyond that atm, but assume its one of the two. more power per clock = lower ghz processors, also cooler processors, and more battery, better power usage, means higher clocks with the same or lower battery usage.


personally i despise these kinds of computers, as they are only about as powerful as a netbook but because they have "style" you pay 2-4 times their real worth.
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May 31, 2011 6:21:14 AM

hah. going backwards much. tablets r just getting more powerful, and i foresee more compatibility with other devices, i.e. sending display data wirelessley to your monitor/tv, or audio data to speakers
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May 31, 2011 7:41:42 AM

Looks good, and anything that competes with Apple is good in my book.


Although not a product I'd personally buy, I like the fact that they're giving options to those whom are interested.
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May 31, 2011 9:04:31 AM

Flameouthah. going backwards much. tablets r just getting more powerful, and i foresee more compatibility with other devices, i.e. sending display data wirelessley to your monitor/tv, or audio data to speakers

Tablets still have a long ways to go before they can compete directly with a laptop. I could never use a tablet in place of my work laptop. The main problem is Microsoft not having a good tablet OS and Google is still years away from being a viable competitor to Microsoft.

So while I definitely want a tablet that can replace a laptop, I don't realistically see that happening for at least 3-5 years. Once tablets can compete they will have an easier time commanding a higher price tag. Right now it seems absurd to pay $500 for essentially a toy with no real productive value, but if I could do on a tablet what I normally do on my Windows based laptop all of a sudden $500 would be a steal.

But until all that happens I'm definitely glad to see laptops getting thinner and more powerful.
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May 31, 2011 9:42:46 AM

Don't like the 11" form factor (around 13" is best for ultra portables), but light-and-thin laptops are really the way forward if the price is within range of the average consumer.
90% of people don't use their optical drive anyway and don't need more than a dual core i7 or whatever is in this thing.

btw: like the look of the metal keyboard. Wonder how it feels to type on.
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May 31, 2011 11:56:32 AM

I'll wait for the Mega Super-Thin Ultra Nanobook
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May 31, 2011 12:12:21 PM

Wait.... WHEN?

Title says 2013, first paragraph says 2012, then you mention 2011. Make up your mind!
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May 31, 2011 12:13:22 PM

Super thin is good. But I love super lightweight and super long battery life, Better!
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May 31, 2011 12:26:07 PM

Tamz_mscLooks much better than Macbook Airs.

looks the same....i see not difference...one does not have the apple logo...i really don't like the apple hardware, but they look the same
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May 31, 2011 12:27:09 PM

give me a good graphics chip and i will take one
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May 31, 2011 12:27:56 PM

so, 4+ years later and the industry finally catches up with Apple on another frontier.
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May 31, 2011 1:06:48 PM

ChipiWait.... WHEN?Title says 2013, first paragraph says 2012, then you mention 2011. Make up your mind!

Here is the timeline, as taken from the full article text:
2011 - "Systems based on these chips will be available for the 2011 winter holiday shopping season." - this means that you will be able to buy them starting later this year (2011)

2012 - "Maloney revealed a new category for portable computer that Intel has trademarked as "Ultrabook™" that the company believes will be 40 percent of the consumer laptop market segment by the end of 2012." - this means that, a full year after introduction, 40% of new laptops will be Ultrabooks.

2013 - "Intel plans for an entire legion of MacBook Air-like laptops by 2013." - If 40 percent of new laptops are Ultrabooks by the end of 2012, this would logically extend that a significant portion notebooks will still be Ultrabooks in the immediate new year.
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May 31, 2011 1:32:14 PM

Tamz_mscLooks much better than Macbook Airs.

It's also thicker than the Air.
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May 31, 2011 1:40:43 PM

Now way will these things have 40% of the market by the end of 2012. Just look at the pricing of high-end netbooks compared to regular notebooks and the Mac Air compared to MacBooks. There won't be that many people who will pay a premium price just to have a lighter more portable and most likely gimped product. Remember the tech that goes into the lighter, smaller product will be available to the bigger product, except the bigger product won't have the "cut-down due to space concerns" version of that tech.
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May 31, 2011 1:45:18 PM

I just hope this doesn't turn out to be another netbook novelty where they performed extremely poorly...
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May 31, 2011 3:31:48 PM

My goal is to become fit, and smarter. I'm going to trade mark the name "ultraperson".

The overall goal is fantastic. But the business model for trade marking what seems to me as all future laptops seems odd.
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May 31, 2011 3:50:03 PM

velocityg4It's also thicker than the Air.

The asus laptop in the picture is 17mm thick, same as the air.
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May 31, 2011 4:06:18 PM

I believe the article says the notebook's thickness to be 20mm (notice 2 "M"s), not processors being 20nm. Just to correct the first comments.
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May 31, 2011 4:20:56 PM

@smapple... There were laptops as thin or thinner than the macbook air when it first came out, and they were cheaper. It's hard to see how this is just the industry catching up when they've had an equivalent product cheaper from the start.
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May 31, 2011 4:35:24 PM

Intel cannot compete with ARM in the smartphone and tablets market, so they had to settle with the thinnest laptop. That a major milestone for Intel. :D 
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May 31, 2011 5:02:45 PM

DjEaZy... apple will go full AMD and sue intel...

Hope so.
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May 31, 2011 5:21:28 PM

Intel gazes into their crystal ball and says that the future of the PC is the MacBook Air? Are you kidding me? I can go over to my Local Apple Store and buy an ultra-book today! Hmmm.
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May 31, 2011 6:24:02 PM

It’s good to have law TDP processors, so I wonder how the battery life will be on these notebooks.
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May 31, 2011 7:40:52 PM

Side by side the UX21 looks slightly thinner than the Air overall, might just be a trick of the eye, but it does look that way. engadget have a video of a guy stacking holding them against each other directly towards the camera for comparasion.
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June 1, 2011 3:37:48 AM

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The Ultrabook, as Intel sees it, won't be powered by any mobile ARM chip or Atom. Instead, it'll start with the 2nd Generation Intel Core processors.

If neither ARM nor Atom are used in the Ultrabook, then Intel should be using the processors with the ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) SKU, where these processors have a TDP of 17watts.
Intel will start with Sandy Bridge and next year will use Ivy Bridge, where the later will be more adequate for the Super-thin Ultrabook segment.
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June 1, 2011 1:30:32 PM

Nice to see some serious computer makers getting into this. Too smart for an iCrap.
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June 1, 2011 11:50:20 PM

UX21 11.6" ~2.2lbs., Core i5-2557M (1.7GHz), 64GB SSD, Gorilla Glass LCD display, glass touchpad. Around $1000.
Does sound interesting.
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June 3, 2011 1:29:57 AM

I dislike the fact that the ASUS design there is a near-complete rip of Macbook Air.

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June 5, 2011 6:43:35 PM

That ASUS in the picture is a really sexy notebook... ultrabook whatever. But I do see a problem. The really fast processor will probably be paired with really lousy graphics to lower heat output.
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