Previously computers used to be built around the processor and operating system and other software were then integrated into the system only at a very last stage. But with the appearance of ultrabooks everything has changed – now, Intel researchers first consider the software with which various problems are solved, and then create a central processor most suitable for solving these problems.
The technologies developed by Intel in recent years will become a fundamental part of the new devices. One of the key technologies in this area – Turbo Boost – allows the low-voltage 17 W processor to increase the frequency up to the figures that are standard for a processor that consumes 35 watts (but only for short time intervals). Another interesting technology is Intel Rapid Start which allows an ultrabook to wake up after the sleep mode in less than five seconds.
Battery life will be increased by means of technology that came from e-books: the image on the screen of the laptop will freeze for some time, until its replacement is required; the processor will shut down completely in idle moments that make up a significant percentage of operating time. This method will provide an opportunity to distribute the load of the graphics system upon the battery more effectively.
Built-in video accelerator will allow for greater usability and energy efficiency of the device without being inferior to discrete solutions.Significant role in the further development of the ultrabooks is also played by Thunderbolt – а high-speed connector that will allow the connection of all of the digital devices through one thin cable.
What is particularly enjoyable for the consumers is the fact that Intel plans to reduce the costs of the ultrabooks making the platform the most popular and affordable.