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New Ultrabook Convertibles
Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, announced the company is bringing the low-power line of processors into its existing third-generation Intel Core processor family. Now available, Intel said these chips will operate as low as 7 watts, allowing manufacturers greater flexibility in thinner, lighter, convertible designs.
Currently there are more than a dozen designs in development based on this new low-power offering and they are expected to enable a full PC experience in innovative mobile form factors including tablets and Ultrabook convertibles. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Ultrabook and a future Ultrabook detachable from Acer will be among the first to market this spring based on the new Intel processors and were demonstrated by Skaugen on stage.
"The fourth-generation Core processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind," Skaugen said. "We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems, will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls."