Intel Promises New PC, Laptop Innovations Coming Soon


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In a recent article, analysts refuted claims that the Apple iPad had much to do with the recent PC sales slump.

However, they did warn that computing tablets would become a much more significant threat within the next two years. Rather than wait for PC sales figures to dip even further, Intel has revealed their plan to bring PCs back to their innovative glory days.

New Intel Laptops to be Thinner, Lighter, More Powerful
Intel says that in the next few years, laptops will be thinner and lighter, and run all day on a single battery charge. Other options will allow for innovative touchscreen operation, have the laptops turn on instantly, and be able to run multiple operating systems from a single system.

All of these changes are expected to be implemented without compromising current performance levels. (Source: Computerworld - IT news, features, blogs, tech reviews, career advice)

New Changes Model Smart Phone Technology
The rejuvenation effort comes after considering the advantages that smaller technological devices (like smartphones, tablets) had over PCs and laptops.

Intel suggests that users have become accustomed to instant access at the press of a button. This fact was the basis for proposed changes to the current state of "hibernation mode" found standard on most computer models.

Many users refrain from using Hibernation mode because it can take several minutes for a PC to reload into its previous state once powered on.

The alternative uses a new technology called Fast Flash Standby, which takes a snapshot of the state of the computer and stores it into flash memory. Flash memory (also known as a solid state disk, or SSD) is considerably faster than a standard hard drive, and has the capability to bring the PC back to life within seconds after hibernation mode.

PC Synchronization using Drag and Drop
The second proposed change attempts to synchronize files and folders of those with multiple computers.

Rather than having to share files between PCs via email or using a USB thumb drive, users can drag and drop files on screen and have files instantly transferred and imported into the operating system and ready for immediate use, all by using a wireless network. (Source: Reviews and News on Tech Products, Software and Downloads | PCWorld)

Automated Email, News Downloads
Another innovation would see people have the ability to set a designated time and run an automatic download of emails, Twitter messages and other content while the machine is left unattended.

For example, the PC could literally wake up in the middle of the night and download all of the latest messages onto the system for the person to read in the morning, from an area with or without an Internet connection.

While Intel did not give a specific timeframe as to when the new features would take effect, President and CEO Paul Otellini did hint that changes would likely come with "Windows 8, Windows 9 and beyond."

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Intel's back-from-the-deathbed Brit, executive vice president Sean Maloney hosted the chip maker's customary Computex opening keynote by attempting to rebrand the flagging netbook segment as Ultrabook - a term Intel just happens to have trademarked.

Baloney reckons that by the end of 2012, some 40 per cent of the consumer laptop market segment will be made up of 'Utrabooks'. He reckons they'll be secure, thin and elegant. And he hopes that they'll be kicked off with his outfit's latest "second Generation Intel Core processors" based on what we've been callng Ivy Bridge up until today.

Asus yesterday brandished its new Ultrabook, without jumping Intel's gun by referring to it as such and Asus chairman Jonney Shih joined Maloney on stage to show it off again.

“At Asus , we are very much aligned with Intel’s vision of Ultrabook,” Shih enthused. “Our customers are demanding an uncompromised computing experience in a lightweight, highly portable design that responds to their needs quickly. Transforming the PC into an ultra thin, ultra responsive device will change the way people interact with their PC.”

Ivy Bridge chips won't tip up in computers until 2012 so Gareth will have to wait a bit to get his hands on one.

Ivy Bridge is the first high-volume chip based on a 22nm process using Intel's Tri-Gate transistors. It will be followed by 'Haswell' which Intel claims will halve the power draw of current-generation products.

Maloney turned his attention Intel's Atom chip, claiming it would transition to a 14nm process within three successive years. This is what Intel will stick into what it reckons are netbooks. The outfit says the latest, 32nm 'Cedar Trail' Atom will ship later this month

Maloney showed off a dozen or so tablets, running on three different operating systems, based on the Intel Atom processor Z670.

Three years ago Anand Chandrasekher brandished what he said was a 'Medfield' Atom aimed, at the time, for smartphones and now taking aim at tablets too. Now Chandrasekher's gone and Maloney showed a 'Medfield' design running Google Android 3.0 'Honeycomb'.

You still can't buy one though.

Source: Caught napping, Intel 'reinvents' the laptop | thinq_

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