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In addition to their new "ultra-responsive" features and a longer list of technical specs, Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks will go through yet another transformation this year, Kilroy said. Many of them, he explained, will move away from the traditional clam-shell form factor in lieu of new convertible or hybrid designs. Several Taiwanese manufacturers are expected to lift the curtain on these new form factors this week at Computex, including Asus, who unveiled Monday its new Transformer Book convertible notebook running both Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor and Microsoft’s Windows 8.
Kilroy said that more than 35 new Ultrabook systems are available now or will be within 30 days, with over 110 designs expected in the next year.
"We’re a year later and we have 100 plus designs on the third-generation Core, and you are seeing an example of 50 behind me," Kilroy said, referencing a sprawling display of new Ultrabooks on stage with him at Computex. "The point is -- and you can see the headlines -- but every major ODM, OEM and every major retailer across the world is embracing the Ultrabook. There is tremendous momentum and excitement."
To grow its presence in the mobile market even further, Intel is also making a big push into the tablet space this year. Windows 8, Kilroy said, will fuel this development. "At Intel, we support Android, but primarily, on tablets, we are focused on Windows 8," he told the audience.