Ultrabooks are the new category of thin and lightweight ultraportable laptops.
Intel hopes that Ultrabooks, the first of which are due to launch in the US in October 2011 will by 2012 make up 40% of the consumer laptop market.
In order to classify as an Ultrabook, a laptop must fit several requirements:
- Thin – less than 20 mm (0.8 inch)
- Lightweight – less than 1.4 kg
- Long battery life – 5 to 8+ hours
- Mainstream pricing – under $1,000 USD
- No optical drive
- Use flash-based SSDs
- Use CULV (17 W TDP) Intel Sandy Bridgemobile processors
- Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz)
- Core i5-2557M (1.7 GHz)
- Core i7-2637M (1.7 GHz)
- Core i7-2677M (1.8 GHz)
- Use Intel’s graphics sub-system HD 3000 (12 EUs)
The first wave of Ultrabooks must comply with the above specs, which will become increasingly demanding in the second and third phases.
Ultrabooks are hoped to provide serious competition for the Macbook Air and other similar ultra-lightweight and super-thin laptops.
In fact, Intel has created a $300 million Ultrabook Fund to drive continuing growth in the category.
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