CES 2013: Haswell Ultrabooks Have New Requirements

Subject: General Tech, Processors, Mobile, Shows and Expos | January 7, 2013 - 02:05 PM |
Tagged: CES, ces 2013, haswell, Intel

Oh certification, how I loathe thee.

At the Intel CES 2013 keynote, Intel announced a few new requirements for OEMs to manufacture Haswell-based ultrabooks. Intel clearly wants to push OEMs to utilize several of their more cherished features and as such they will not allow products to be released without these features.

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A fourth-generation ultrabook must contain the following features:

  • Touch interaction support
  • Intel WiDi support
  • Installed Antivirus and Anti-Malware, Intel-owned McAfee will have an announcement soon.

These three certification requirements lead to two major points of contention with me: non-Windows 8 operating systems as well as Intel potentially strong-arming McAfee into your machine. When Intel requires touch support for Haswell-based ultrabooks, they basically declare that Windows 7 and Linux will not be around.

That requirement could seem minor depending on what Intel McAfee will soon announce after Intel’s announcement that Antivirus and Anti-Malware will be required on ultrabooks. Windows 8 already comes with Microsoft Security Essentials pre-installed and as such Intel might strong-arm vendors into using McAfee. It would not be a stretch to speculate that McAfee will have some deep attachment to the Haswell architecture. Unfortunately we will need to wait until Intel makes their announcement.

Intel also claims that ultrabooks will have touch-based products in the $599 price points very soon.

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January 7, 2013 | 03:00 PM - Posted by TheBoss (not verified)

IN with the new, and OUT with the OLD!

Embrace the 8! Resistance is futile.

Sorry, I really really LOVE win7 and really do not desire anything else. However, when it comes to Tech the faster we embrace the change the better things just are.

January 7, 2013 | 03:01 PM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

599 ultra book with touch? yea right

January 7, 2013 | 03:04 PM - Posted by doom_Oo7 (not verified)

Touch support is quite possible on desktop linux with the Enlightenment Desktop Environment. But only some apps are adapted atm...

http://www.enlightenment.org/

January 8, 2013 | 01:58 AM - Posted by Dragorth (not verified)

Not to mention the touch work that has been going into the X Windowing system.

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