Hi guys! Our project, is on Ultrabooks. The first ever Ultrabook was just released yesterday on October 11th by Asus and several other companies are scheduled to release their launched Ultrabooks in November.
What is an Ultrabook? Basically, an Ultrabook is an ultra-thin and light laptop. Despite its condensed size and weight, the Ultrabook should contain improved features as compared to today’s laptops. Throughout this presentation, we will be discussing mostly the hardware and software of the latest Ultrabooks, their pricings, manufacturers, release dates, and competition.
Intel trademarked the term Ultrabook as a marketing ploy. The trademarked term describes the Laptop PC’s comeback attempt in the rising tablet and smartphone oriented industry. Intel even created a $300 Million fund to invest in companies dealing with Ultrabook production to drive the project.
The most recent producers of the Ultrabook include Lenovo, Toshiba, Asus, and Acer. As you can see from the examples, despite the producer, most of the Ultrabooks follow the same structuralized format. There is evidenced speculation that Dell and HP will also enter the ultrabook market by the end of the year.
The projected prices of most ultrabooks is thought to be under $1,000. The prices of various launched ultrabooks ranges from $900 to $1,200 depending on quality. All future entry level ultrabooks will remain under the 1,000 dollar pricing range. (Higher end ones may exceed this range.)
If you have ever seen or held a Macbook Air, you know what the Ultrabooks will be like. They are ridiculously thin, as thin as three millimeters at some parts of the laptop, and nothing thicker than 17.5 millimeters.
All of the launched ultrabook designs stay between 2.45 and 3.1 pounds. The Acer Aspire model is heaviest at 3.09 pounds, while the Toshiba Portege weighs merely 2.45 pounds.
The typical ultrabook will have 7 or 8 hours of battery life. Low Voltage core processors allow for lower usage of power. The battery inside of the Ultrabook is sealed. The drain of battery in stand-by mode is minimal due to its design, much like a tablet.
Solid state drives are hard-drives that utilize NAND-based flash memory. This means that there are no moving parts, they are silent, they significantly lower the boot-up times for computers, and are simply faster in general. The drawback: they are more expensive per gigabyte of memory.
Ultrabooks have high Responsiveness due to theirability to resume from standby and connect to Wi-Fi in under 7 seconds and Hibernate for up to a week. The Smart Connect feature creates Schedule checks for updates on programs such as twitter, calendars, and e-mail. Graphic abilities allow for casual and mainstream gaming levels.
In the first generation of Ultrabooks, there will be mainly Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. These state of the art processors running from 1.6 to 1.8 GHz, use significantly less power than previous ones, allowing for the same battery life packed into a smaller laptop.
Rumored to be released in March or April next year, Ivy Bridge is a new processor platform replacing Sandy Bridge. It is significantly smaller than its predecessor at a miniscule twenty-two nanometers. It will use the innovative tri-gate transistor technology, dramatically reducing power consumption and increasing battery life. Ivy Bridge can handle a resolution of 4,096 x 4,096; easily doubling the standard resolution of laptops today.
Most Ultrabooks come standard with a good amount of ports. There are a few USB ports that unfortunately are not USB 3.0 capable, an HDMI for video and audio in and out, and a built in 2-in-1 memory card reader for all those photographers out there.
Despite the downsize, Ultrabooks still have the same base memory capacity as most laptops today. Most Ultrabooks start with four gigabytes of RAM; twice the base capacity of Apple’s similar laptop, the Macbook Air.
After seeing the demand for Apple’s lightweight laptop the MacBook Air, Intel decided to take advantage of this market. Since Bootcamp has always had issues, many businesses stick with windows as its primary operating system.
However, since there was no alternative to the MacBook Air that runs windows, these companies had no where to go for a sleek, portable, and lightweight laptop that runs windows.
Obviously, everyone has different needs when it comes to laptops. Ultrabooks are especially good for business travelers and students due to their reduced size and weight for portability. However, even with the reduced size, the Ultrabooks still pack enough power to satisfy a casual or mainstream gamer.
Intel insider provides a trusted path for the delivery of HD video content. Ultrabooks include quick sync video capabilities, which also allow for editing and format conversions. They are also equipped with Wi-Di and Wireless Audio.
Ultrabooks will contain identity protection technology paired with several anti-theft devices. Although these aspects are not exclusive to Ultrabooks, they are likely to be a requirement for all the upcoming Ultrabooks.
Possible upgraded features for future versions of the Ultrabook may include touch capabilities, price drops, lower power states, fan-off modes of operation, and a possible always-on feature.
UltrabooksIT 101 Hardware/Software PresentationLauren Roberge and Brenden Bourdeau
What is an Ultrabook? Ultra-Thin Ultra-Light Long Battery