Ultrabooks : A New Era of Laptops

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A new term has arisen in the world of computing. It’s now known by most, in just a small amount of time. The multitude of advertisements floating on almost all the medias are responsible for fast rise to fame.

Most people just see it and forget it in a flicker. Don’t you people want to know what this term means. Well, I’m here to help you. It is basically a term in the field of laptops. It specifies a hybrid variety of computers. It is a title which symbolizes performance in the laptop segment. It is similar to those certifications like ISI, Agmark etc. Difference being that the ultrabook title is given by the behemoth – Intel. almost all forms of media led to its fast fame.

If you buy an ultrabook, you can believe in its performance. There are some requirements which laptops need to pass in order to receive this prestigious title of performance. So what are these requirements? Just by looking at the requirements you might crave for an ultrabook. So, lets start the craving.

  • The central relying factor of the performance of a computer are the specs of its insides, particularly the CPU. Intel gave importance in deciding the CPU. So, it decided to bring out its flagship core-i series processors based on the Sandy Bridge architecture. The new range of ultrabooks will sport the successors in the core-i series processors, the 3rd gen core-i series processors based on the new Ivy Bridge architecture. The new range will be using the 3D Tri-gate transistor technology, which in layman terms translates to double the 3D graphics and HD media processing performance. Ivy Bridge processors are the first processors built using the 22 nm technology as objected to 32 nm in Sandy Bridge. Ivy Bridge based computers are 23 times faster than 3-year-old computers and 2 times faster than the last year lineup. Ivy Bridge has Intel’s flagship GPU, HD 4000 integrated into the processor dye. It is 2 times faster than its predecessor HD 3000. Now gaming wont be much of a problem as the HD 4000 supports DirectX 11, Open GL 3.1 and Open CL 1.1.
  • In the world of laptops, portability is a concern and a topic for debate. So, Intel has put some portability-based requirements. For all laptops with a screen size of 13.3″, the thickness is limited to 18 mm and for the laptops in the larger display segment, the thickness limit is 21 mm. For some time now, we have started seeing hybrid varieties of computing. They sport two different input methods: The age-old keyboard + touchpad (or mouse) combination and the new in line touch screen input. For laptops which want a title like ultrabook, they need to have a maximum thickness limit of 23 mm. The hybrid varieties will get more impetus in the arrival of Windows 8.
  • A fast booting computer is destined to be noticed. So the ultrabooks need to wake up from hibernation in 7 seconds or less.
  • Theft has become a common and familiar term when it comes to laptops. So, Intel took note of it by clearly specifying that the ultrabooks need to have Intel Management Engine 7.1 (or higher), Intel Anti-Theft Technology and Intel Identity Protection Technology. Thus, robbers and burglars will think twice before stealing an ultrabook.

So, all of you might be thinking that these specs might bottleneck the gaming performance of laptops up to the medium level gaming requirements. Well, there has been no trouble for manufacturers to overcome the gaming barrier. Ultrabooks are now sporting the latest Nvidia GTX 600M series and the AMD 7000M series graphics cards. Intel even decided to give a $300 million fund to help start innovation in the ultrabook segment.

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