Intel released some 4th-Gen Core Ultrabook definition last week and today, following the official launch of 4th-Gen Core (Haswell) and the Computex Keynote (round-up here), Intel have published more information.
Ultrabooks with screen sizes less than 14” need to be 20mm or less. WiDI 4.1 is included on every Ultrabook along with touch, an array mic, 6 hours of HD media playback and security features but surprising to us is the inclusion of Thunderbolt on all Ultrabooks with the 4th-Gen Core. We’re trying to get clarity on this Thunderbolt requirement (what about models that get a 4th-Gen Core refresh for example?) and we’ll update when we hear back from Intel.
Update: The requirement for Thunderbolt is an error in the PDF. Intel confirmed that in terms of connectivity, at least one USB3.0 is required. Thunderbolt is an option.
The following is a re-formatted copy of the press release available here. (PDF)
4th gen Core based Ultrabook™ Features
Ultrabook devices are 20mm or less in thickness for systems with displays smaller than
14 inches and 23mm or less for systems with displays 14 inches or larger; many systems
are much thinner.
Ultrabooks wake up in a flash — going from a very deep sleep state (S4) to screen on in
less than three seconds, and wake up from “sleep” mode even faster; additionally, they
include SSDs or SSD caches that deliver faster access to favorite applications and data.
The latest Ultrabooks deliver always fresh data; waking up occasionally to pull data with
minimal power consumption still allowing for more than seven days of standby on a
single battery charge.
All Ultrabooks now have touch capabilities and also include Intel® Wireless Display
(Intel WiDi) as well as support robust Wi-Fi technology. Ultrabook devices provide the
ultimate interactive user experience with multi-screen touch capabilities and all of the
benefits of Windows 8*technology.
- Intel WiDi 4.1 brings ‘touch and flick’ capabilities and speed mode for low
latency, low power panel refresh, and delivers smoother video play back for a
cinema like movie watching experience.
Ultrabooks include a dual element array microphone which when coupled with the
appropriate software, takes advantage of the local processing power to execute such
voice commands as controlling media playback, updating social networks and
performing Internet searches.
Extended battery life
The latest Ultrabook devices are capable of offering more than six hours of full HD
media playback and over nine hours of idle power.
Security Built In
Intel® Anti-Theft (Intel AT) technology is a hardware-based technology that makes it
possible to lock down an Ultrabook if it’s lost or stolen, secure sensitive information
stored on the device’s hard drive and reactivated to full functionality if recovered.
Ultrabook systems come enabled with anti-virus and anti-malware protection that offer
active real-time scanning and removal, as well as Intel® Identity Protection technology,
which provides a more secure online experience for activities such as shopping, banking
and gaming and is a more secure approach than software-only authentication.
Ultrabooks based on 4th generation Intel Core processors have at least one USB 3.0 port
and Thunderbolt technology to enable incredibly fast transfer capabilities.
Update: Intel has confirmed an error in the original PDF. In terms of connectivity, at least one USB3.0 is required. Thunderbolt is an option.