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  • getanid61 getanid61 Feb 1, 2013 10:16 AM Flag

    Intel demands Haswell ultrabooks be equipped with touch screens,

    a monopoly has its advantages...

    Taiwan-based supply chain makers have said they have received notification from Intel that all Haswell-platform ultrabooks should be equipped with touch panels to qualify for subsidies on the processors.

    Intel pointed out that touch will be a necessary feature for Haswell-based ultrabooks, but refused to comment on processor subsidies.

    The sources believe the strategy will help accelerate the penetration of touchscreen notebooks, but some players are concerned that the adoption of touch panels will push consumers away due to pricing.

    The sources also pointed out that a shortage of touch panels due to weak yields is the main obstacle delaying the standardization of touchscreen notebooks and they expect touchscreen notebooks to only account for 10-15% of total notebook shipments by the second half of 2013.

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    • Interesting.

      What if Apple wants to use Haswell?

    • {61 only posts hit and run when ARM is up. He can't prove he bought Intel at 12 like he claims and he can't prove he ever owned ARM. He even said he didn't when it dropped like a rock last year. He's that coward/bully that only shows up after the fact....}


    • All a company needs to do to avoid meeting Intel's Ultrabook specifications or to not include touch capability is to give it another name. Why would this cause concern for anyone. The benefit of the "Ultrabook" moniker is that it immediately conveys a minimum set of features the device will have without the buyer having to investigate every single technical spec. Undoubtedly Intel's requirement for touch will be good for panel manufacturers and consumers and help lower cost over time.

    • "a monopoly has its advantages..."

      You have an interesting definition of a monopoly.

      This Intel notice was likely just a reminder. In early Aug 2011, Intel established the $300m Ultrabook fund. In order to get support from that $300m fund, the vendors would have to meet the Ultrabook spec published in Aug 2011 too.

      That spec says that Haswell Ultrabooks should have a touch screen. If you have a Haswell laptop without a touch screen, you have a Haswell laptop. If you have a system that meets the Ultrabook spec, you have an Ultrabook.

      Since Intel contracted for touch screen panels last year to insure the supply chain (after the hard drive debacle), Intel OEM's will get first access to panels to build Intel based machines. That is what Intel did last year when they tied up the panels.

      If the Intel OEMs want a piece of the $300m fund, they have to qualify for the funds by meeting the requirements set up in Aug 2011.

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