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April 19, 2012

Intel's Ultrabook sales to exceed 25 Million, as 2G version ready for launch

Intel estimates that 20 to 30 million ultrabook units are expected to be  shipped this year.
News from Digitimes revelas that intel plans to substantially beef up its ultrabook shipments  and internaly expect the new sleeker  gadget to jump up by "double or even triple" in 2013.

The report noted that the second generation of ultrabook will launch "after May 2012" and combination tablet/ultrabooks will arrive in the fourth quarter alongside the release of Microsoft's Windows 8.

Intel is also said to be looking into technologies that could help spur ultrabook adoption. Reinforced plastic chassis and ultra-thin optical disk drives were specifically mentioned by the report as components that the company is cooperating with upstream makers on.

At a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show, an Intel Manager stated that market analysis revealed that screen size motivated some of the reluctance to switch to 13" Ultrabooks. As a result, Intel is planning to ensure, through cooperation with manufacturers, a 14 or 15-inch screen on 50% of the 75 Ultrabooks that will likely come to market in 2012.

Intel put forth the ultrabook design specification last May as an alternative to the MacBook Air and iPad. For its part, the Mac maker is expected to releasea thinner and light design of its 15-inch MacBook Pro within weeks that could threaten sales of high-end ultrabooks