Thursday, August 2, 2012

Intel Sensor Requirements for Ultrabooks

Intel doesn't want to be caught off guard on the ever increasingly popular tablet segment that is conquering the market. Besides the ever ruling iPad, Android tablets are also becoming increasingly popular, and lets not forget that Intel will even have to face Windows RT Arm tablet competition.

To ensure its Windows 8 tablets will have a fighting chance, Intel has defined a set of 5 sensors required to be a part of a new breed of convertible/hybrid ultrabooks.

Sensors that have become quite common on mobilde devices, but are mostly missing from regular laptops and ultrabooks:
  • Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • GPS
  • Ambient Light Sensor

To be considered a convertible ultrabook, a device must have all 5 sensors... though you can do away with compass and gyroscope if you want to build a simpler ultrabook (thought the other 3 sensores are still recommended).

Do you think Intel powered costlier ultrabooks/convertibles will be able to compete with the cheaper ARM tablets? We'll soon find out... (And by soon I mean, give it another couple of years. Though we'll soon get a grip of things are turning out, depending on how the market will react to Windows 8 launch.)

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