Intel Corp. Ultrabooks to Premiere By End of 2011

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Intel's Sean Maloney said a new class of laptops called Ultrabooks would take 40 percent of the consumer laptop market by the end of 2012, offering a no-compromise solution in terms of thin-and-light portability, good looks and performance.

A new category of thin and light mobile computers in the sub $1,000 price range called Ultrabooks will grab 40 percent of the consumer laptop market by the end of 2012, according to Intel Corp's Sean Maloney, executive vice president.

Maloney was speaking at the Computex Taipei 2011 event in Taiwan, calling these new Ultrabooks the mobile device that requires no compromise on performance, portability, or security.

"These computers will marry the performance and capabilities of today’s laptops with tablet-like features and deliver a highly responsive and secure experience, in a thin, light and elegant design," Intel said in a statement.

Maloney said that new versions of 2nd Generation Intel Core processors would "enable thin, light and beautiful designs that are less than 20mm (0.8 inch) thick, and mainstream price points under $1,000." New systems based on these chips will be available for the 2011 winter holiday shopping season and include the UX21, ASUS Ultrabook, the company’s new ultra-thin laptop based on the latest 2nd Generation Intel Core processor.

"At Asus, we are very much aligned with Intel’s vision of Ultrabook," said Asus Chairman Jonney Shih, who joined Maloney on stage to show off the system. "Our customers are demanding an uncompromised computing experience in a lightweight, highly portable design that responds to their needs quickly. Transforming the PC into an ultra thin, ultra responsive device will change the way people interact with their PC."

Maloney also said that Intel would accelerate Atom processor development to a one-year cadence, accelerating from 32nm through 22nm to 14nm within 3 successive years.

In addition, Maloney showcased more than 10 tablets, running on three different operating systems, that are available today based on the Intel Atom processor Z670.

Intel's growth will continue along with the cloud, said Maloney, noting that every additional 600 new smartphones or 122 tablets connecting to the internet would require one new Intel-based server. He also discussed Intel's Cloud 2015 vision of a world of interoperable federated clouds that allow enterprises to share data securely across public and private clouds; automated networks that allow the movement of workloads between servers in the data center for better utilization and energy efficiency, and device-aware clouds that know what types of applications, commands and processing.