Lots of Windows 8 touch-screen ultrabooks coming, says Intel
The era of the touch-screen laptop is upon us, according to Intel's CEO. The Metro-based Windows 8 interface is driving this mini explosion of touch-enabled products.
Get ready for the touch-screen laptop.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini said today that "more than 40" touch-enabled Windows 8-based ultrabooks are in the pipeline. All of those use the chipmaker's Ivy Bridge processor, he said.
Otellini was speaking during a conference call aftertoday.
In total, there are more than 140 Ivy-Bridge based ultrabook designs in the pipeline, he said. About a dozen of those products will be so-called convertibles that allow a laptop to be converted to a tablet.
A recent example of a convertible is the.
Otellini added that "we are very confident that we'll see $699 systems at retail this fall."
And Intel-based tablets using the power-efficient Clover Trail Atom chip are also on the way, according to Otellini. That's in addition to a number of "Core-based tablets," he said, referring to Intel's mainstream i series Core processors.