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CES: Intel touts touch for next-generation ultrabooks and all-in-ones

08 Jan 2013
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LAS VEGAS: Intel has unveiled a strategy for its ultrabook and all-in-one brands which will see touch and portability take centre stage.

Speaking at the 2013 CES conference, PC client group general manager Kirk Skaugen told reporters that the future of PCs and notebooks will see devices which are more portable and receptive to touch and gesture.

Skaugen showcased a number of hardware designs which Intel expects to be powered by its Core processors in the coming year.

These included an ultrabook prototype, which measures just 17mm thick and uses dual batteries embedded beneath the keyboard and display.

Intel claimed it would have a battery life of 13 hours. The system is expected to cost between $799 to $899 and is being offered to PC vendors as a reference design.

Skaugen also believes that premium features which originated in ultrabook systems will soon be making their way to the lower cost markets. He predicted that by the year's end touch capabilities will be available on sub-$600 notebooks.

Additionally, the Intel exec suggested that the thin form-factor model of the ultrabook was spreading throughout the PC market.

"The entire market has gotten thinner," he said.

The company also showcased a set of new designs for all-in-one systems, including semi-portable models which could be unplugged and moved to a new location running on battery power.

Designed for interactivity in both the home and office, the all-in-one systems can be adjusted to nearly lay flat and operate with multiple users via touch. Such systems could offer improved experiences for gaming, media creation and social networking activities, Intel claimed.

To support the platform, the company has amassed a group of games, social media and productivity software developers to support the platform, including Electronic Arts and Microsoft.

"That is going to create a new experience for both businesses and consumers," Skaugen said.

"This is more than just hardware platforms, we are announcing a broad ecosystem around these mobile all-in-ones."

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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