Ivy Bridge, the ultrabook edition, due by Computex

The next Ivy Bridge chip will usher in a new generation of ultrabooks.

HP Folio 13: To date, ultrabooks have used only Sandy Bridge processors.  That should change in June, when power-efficient Ivy Bridge chips begin to appear in new systems.
HP Folio 13: To date, ultrabooks have used only Sandy Bridge processors. That should change in June, when power-efficient Ivy Bridge chips begin to appear in new systems. Hewlett-Packard

Intel's second wave of Ivy Bridge chips for ultrabooks are due by early June, when Computex gets under way, an industry source told CNET.

In the first week of June, consumers can expect to see a new wave of ultrabooks based on Intel's just-announced Ivy Bridge processor, according to the source, who is familiar with the plans of Intel and PC makers.

That's the time frame in which Intel is expected to roll out power-efficient versions of Ivy Bridge. Last week, Intel announced only high-performance, quad-core versions of the processor that typically goes into larger laptops, like the Samsung gaming rig announced today .

Ivy Bridge is closely linked with Windows 8 -- due sometime in the second half of this year -- because that operating system is expected to create a category of so-called hybrid designs that combine laptop and tablet features.

"When you see them, they're going to be stunning. You can be typing in clamshell mode, and then open it and have the full touch capability of a tablet," Kirk Skaugen, Intel's new PC business chief, said last month in a press conference.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini said there are 100-plus designs for ultrabooks on the way.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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