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Intel launches Ivy Bridge chips for notebooks, more

updated 10:03 am EDT, Thu May 31, 2012

Ivy Bridge processors for ultrabooks revealed, Intel revises ultrabook requirements

Intel on Thursday launched its Ivy Bridge-series processors for notebooks and ultrabooks, following up on the release of the powerful Ivy Bridge CPUs late last month. Now, the dual-core and ultra-low voltage (ULV) chips came out, with them shipping in products in the near future. Intel promises 110 ultrabooks are planned to come out, broken down into 30 with touchscreens and 10 being convertibles.

An unspecified number of these will start at $700 as well. At the same time, Intel changed the requirements for what constitutes an ultrabook in the first place.

Basically, some notebooks will now fall under the ultrabook category. Newly added are the need for a USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt port, being responsive while active to have programs load quickly and get Intel's Identity Protection and Anti-Theft security features. The minimum five-hour battery life, thinness for a typical screen size, and seven-second wake time remain the same.

That minimum processing performance will be measured with PCMark Vantage Storage and Video Editing sub-scores, while battery life will be tested with the aged and unrepresentative MobileMark 2007 standard. [via The Verge]

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