At today's press conference, Intel's Kirk Skaugen spoke about bringing the low-power line of processors into its existing 3rd generation Intel Core processor family which are immediately available. Running on a measly 7W of power, devices leveraging this processor can be thinner, lighter and run cooler - all of which helps to drive innovation. First up is the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Ultrabook and soon another Ultrabook detachable from Acer. Look for these to hit the market this spring.
On the 4th generation Intel Core processor family, Skaugen stated the expectation that new systems are expected to deliver up to 9 hours of continuous battery life. With that, he showed a new form factor Ultrabook detachable that can run on battery for up to 13 hours while docked.
"The 4th generation Core processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind," Skaugen said. "We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls."