What is an Ultrabook?
For a detailed look at the features, see the Ultrabook features guide.
What is an Ultrabook?
Last update: 25th August 2013
- A mobile, long-battery-life laptop that includes processing capability and features that would normally only be found on larger laptops and desktops.
- Screen sizes across the range from 11.6 to over 15″
- SSD storage. In order to enable fast-boot and resume (see below) a fast SSD storage is needed. This reduces power and increases ruggedness too. A ‘hybrid’ hard drive with traditional spinning disk and a smaller flash memory module is also available on some lower-cost Ultrabooks.
- Fast boot, long standby, fast resume. With a SSD solution, cold boot times are around 20 seconds. Resume from standby is under 5 seconds. SOme newer Ultrabooks (late 2013) have always-on features.
- Processing power to cover nearly every business usage scenario. Aside from the biggest video rendering operations, compression processes, large or batch image editing operations and most complex spreadsheet calculations the Ultrabook will be able to operate just as you would expect from a desktop. Multiple applications in the background with multiple flash-enabled browser tabs, fast decompression of compressed packages, 1080p video editing and almost careless use of the operating system. In 2011 the Sandy Bridge architecture for Core i3, i5 and i7 processors in ‘ultra low voltage’ versions was be the main processing engine. In 2012, Ivy Bridge improved the CPU efficiency and vastly increased the 3D gaming capability.In 2013, Haswell introduces large improvements in battery life and always-on features.
- Latest operating systems. Windows 8 will be the main target operating systems.
- Security, graphics, video subsystems. Putting security, graphics and video decoding and encoding into silicon allows longer battery life and faster operation. We expect more and more silicon subsystems to differentiate from the mainstream. Wireless Display, Video streaming encryption, hardware anti-virus and more.
- Intel Anti-Theft System in some business focused Ultrabooks
- Ultrabook designs should be light, thin and stylish. 20mm or less for a device under 14″ and 23mm or less for larger screen devices. All Haswell-generation (4th-Generation Core, introduced mid 2013) should include Touchscreens.
- Pricing is tending towards mainstream but premium models will sell for over $1000
- 2013 models based on 4th-Generation Core (Haswell) must include array microphones, touchscreens and WiDi.
See the Ultrabook features guide for more detail.