Jun 072012

Understanding Ultrabook-

Nowadays a TV ad is coming the slogan of that is – “suddenly, everything seems old-fashioned”. That is for Ultrabook – Inspired by proudly Intel, let’s see what does mean by Ultrabook and how it is different from traditional Notebooks and laptops.

You can think Ultrabook is a very thin & slim size (not more than 21mm thick) and lightweight (less than 1.5 kg) laptop that runs by very low powered Intel chips and the processors that are having same performance as like i3/i5/i7 processors for laptops but these are designed for very low power consumption and to fit with very slim chassis.

Ultrabook phenomena was introduced with netbooks, netbooks those are introduced in 2007-08 with screen size 10-13 inch and were running with Intel’s Atom processors. But these netbooks failed to record its presence due low processing power as compared to notebooks.

The manufactures of Notebooks and Intel were continue working on the Notebook that is having same features and processing powers as like traditional notebook besides this it will be very slim, lightweight and stylish look. And also runs long time over the battery even up to 8 hours, the results of this has come out as Ultrabook.

Ultrabooks are having SSD(solid state drive) for stoarage or the combination of SSD and HDD  (SSD used for hibernation for fast resume). And size is mostly 13inch run with specially designed low powered Intel’s i5 and i7 processors.

As per Intel Blog’s

Ultrabooks will arrive in phases; Phase 1 was kicked off when Intel introduced its latest Ultra-Low Voltage 2nd Generation Intel Core processors. Phase 2 centers around the next generation Intel microarchitecture code name Ivy Bridge processors scheduled for availability in systems in the first half of 2012. Laptops based on Ivy Bridge will bring improved power efficiency, smart visual performance, increased responsiveness and enhanced security. Faster I/O such as USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt technologies are also part of Intel’s ongoing work to drive the PC platform forward. Intel microarchitecture code name Haswell is the third phase toward accelerating the Ultrabook and reinventing the capabilities of the laptop in ultra thin and light, responsive and secure designs. With Haswell, Intel will transform the computing experience with more power efficient processors that allow a more dynamic experience in insanely sleek systems.

You’ll begin to see systems that offer:

  • Thin/light designs
  • Less than 21 mm thick – some much thinner than even that.
  • Ultra-fast start up
  • Intel Rapid Start Technology gets your system up and running faster from even the deepest sleep, saving time and battery life.
  • PC wakes up almost instantly – Quick access to your data and applications
  • Extended battery life
  • Ultrabooks will offer 5 hours of battery life even in the sleekest form factors with some systems delivering 8 hours or more for all-day usage.
  • Security enabled
  • Bios/Firmware enabled to expose hardware features for Intel Anti-Theft Technology and Intel Identity Protection Technology

What is Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt is a technology that can be found in Apple’s desktops and laptops, could be an Ultrabook spec in phase two or three of its roadmap, if Intel has its way. It’s a high-speed transfer technology that’s roughly 22 times the speed of USB 2.0 and can drive external displays as a mini-Display port. Unfortunately, Thunderbolt is also in the early stages, and the lack of third-party Thunderbolt devices speaks to that sentiment.

If we see the price wise comparison than these Ultrabooks are ranging in Indian market between  Rs. 50000 –  Rs. 100000. That is very much high as compared to traditional laptops hope as like other electronic item Ultrabook prices will also come down as we see most of Tablets and Smartphones prices getting slashed day by day.

List of Some Example of Ultrabooks from Intel website