Ultrabooks: Intel’s requirements

Intel has maintained guidelines and requirements for Ultrabook devices which must feature reduced size, weight with long lasting battery life and better performance. An Ultrabook can be defined as a new trend of laptops which are designed with features such as better portability without any compromises in the device’s performance and extended battery life. This has become possible with the low-power Intel Processors, integrated graphics and of course Solid-state drives.

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An ultrabook must be ultra-thin, ultra-light and ultra-responsive. A set of guidelines and requirements has been specified by Intel for companies and manufacturers of Ultrabooks such as Acer, Asus, Samsung, etc. The manufacturers must meet the certain specifications in order to market their product as an Ultrabook. There are three generations of Ultrabooks including Huron River, Chief River and Shark Bay. The first generation of Ultrabooks was released in October of 2011 and the second is expected in June 2012. The third generation ‘Shark Bay’ is expected sometime in the year 2013. Here are the minimum required specifications of an Ultrabooks set by Intel for each generation: –

Huron River (first generation) –

  • Processor: Sandy Bridge micro-architecture Intel Core Models CULV
  • Dimensions(maximum): 18 mm for 13.3 inch and smaller, 21 mm for 14.0 inch and bigger
  • Minimum Battery life: 5 hours
  • Maximum Wake up time(resume from hibernation): 7 seconds
  • Software and firmware: Intel Management Engine 7.1, Intel Anti-Theft Technology, Intel Identity Protection Technology

Chief River (Second Generation) –

  • Processor: Ivy Bridge micro-architecture Intel Core Models CULV
  • Dimensions(maximum): 18 mm for 13.3 inch and smaller, 21 mm for 14.0 inch and bigger, 23 mm for ultrabook/tablets (convertible tablets)
  • Minimum Battery life: 5 hours
  • Maximum Wake up time(resume from hibernation): 7 seconds
  • Storage: 80 MB/s transfer rate 16 GB Capacity
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • Software and firmware: Intel Management Engine 8.0, Intel Anti-Theft Technology, Intel Identity Protection Technology

Shark Bay (Third Generation) – not yet specified

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