Archive | March, 2013

Intel’s Next-gen Haswell Graphics to Enable Rendering Techniques That Other GPUs Can’t Handle

Posted on 31 March 2013

At GDC 2013, Intel announced that their next-gen Haswell graphics will support a new bit of tech called PixelSync as well as DirectX 11.1. PixelSync on Hawell graphics enables two rendering techniques called ASVM and AOIT which can cost a standard GPU up to 80% of it’s performance but runs smoothly with Haswell’s integrated graphics. The developers behind Grid 2 are using Haswell’s new tech to bring graphically rich games to […]

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Intel’s Latest HD 4000 Graphics Driver Improves Performance up to 10%, Reduces Power Consumption, Adds Features

Posted on 29 March 2013

At GDC 2013, Intel told us that their latest major driver update for HD 4000 graphics is due out next week. As you may know, all 2nd-gen Ultrabooks feature 3rd-gen (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core processors which use HD 4000 graphics (if you’re confused, read this). Intel says that this is their 7th major graphics driver release since 2nd-gen (Sandy Bridge) Intel Core processors. While each release seeks to fix graphical […]

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Samsung Series 7 Ultrabook Hits #1, Starts Shipping

Posted on 27 March 2013

The very popular, well-specified Samsung  Series 7 Ultra (730U3E) has just hit the number 1 slot in our Ultrabook charts. It’s the most-viewed Ultrabook in our database. It’s also just started shipping in Europe starting from 999 Euro.

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Lenovo Helix expected in April

Posted on 26 March 2013

Is the wait almost over? The question about when the Lenovo Helix would be made available looks to be getting clearer and may be answered in a few short weeks, at least for US buyers according to the official Lenovo twitter account.    

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Intel Arrives at GDC 2013 with an Army of Ultrabooks and Hardware for Developers

Posted on 26 March 2013

At GDC 2013 yesterday, Intel held a day-long developer session focused on what they call ‘perceptual computing’ — interacting with computers in more natural ways, thanks to advanced sensors. They brought with them a heap of Ultrabooks, each with a different design, to allow a room full of developers the opportunity to get hands-on experience with many facets of perceptual computing and the Ultrabook hardware itself. Additionally, Intel sent attendees of the […]

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NUIA Imagine with Eye and Gesture Tracking. Case Study, Video Demo.

Posted on 25 March 2013

We covered the Ultimate Coder Ultrabook Challenge last year but that wasn’t the only competition being run by Intel to promote software development on an Ultrabook. The Ultrabook Experience Software Challenge was running too and the winning entry was 4tiitoo’s NUIA Imagine. It includes gesture control, touch control, voice control and true eye-tracking using the Tobii eye-tracking hardware.

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Chippy’s Ultrabook Customer Challenge – Basic Ultrabook with Personal Storage

Posted on 25 March 2013

How many times have you been asked if you can recommend a product without really having much to go on? It’s true to say that there are many customers out there that are not really sure what they want and so in that case you have to interpret requirements, add a bit of crystal-ball gazing and come up with an answer. Here’s an example I received recently and three choices […]

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16 Ultrabooks with 1080p Displays

Posted on 24 March 2013

I’ll be the first to admit that I cringe a little inside when I see brand new laptops released in 2013 with 1366×768 displays. It seems like a real shame — many of these devices are beautiful machines but have a resolution that would have felt at home at least 5 years ago. For those looking for a crisp high resolution display there’s good news! The Ultrabook segment is home […]

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Dell XPS 13 with 1080p Reviewed

Posted on 24 March 2013

Good design, good keyboard, Displayport, Windows 8, Ivy Bridge and a 1080p IPS display. What more could you want? The original Dell XPS 13 has been upgraded with Ivy Bridge and that 1080p display but there’s no touchscreen and still no SD card. The battery capacity is still a rather weak 45Wh too. Anandtech have just reviewed the upgraded Dell XPS 12 with full HD display.

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Ultimate Coder Challenge Week 5–GDC Warm-Up

Posted on 20 March 2013

7 teams are competing in the Ultimate Coder Challenge where showcase applications are being built for a Lenovo Yoga 13 Ultrabook to demonstrate the Intel Perceptual Computing hardware. I’m involved with the judging of the Ultimate Coder event and every week you’ll find an update from me as I analyze the teams progress. This is week 5 and after this there’s just days before GDC where teams should be aiming […]

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Lenovo Reveals ThinkPad T431s Business Ultrabook

Posted on 20 March 2013

Lenovo has announced the ThinkPad T431s business Ultrabook, succeeding their prior T430s laptop. The new vPro equipped Ultrabook is aimed squarely at businesses, much like Lenovo’s premium ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The T431s has a 14-inch 1600×900 display (which can fold back 180 degrees), backlit keyboard, up to 12GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, and more.

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Chippy on ChipChat Podcast

Posted on 18 March 2013

ChipChat is an Intel podcast about all things technology and I was fortunate enough to be invited in for a session at MWC a few weeks ago. We talk about Ultrabooks, sensors, screens, MWC, about my history and how I ended up as a tech reporter. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks to host Allyson Klein (@TechAllyson) for the opportunity.  

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