Intel’s announcement of the 5th generation processors brings news of faster speeds, better graphics, audio, and other capabilities. We will also see smaller transistor size. With smaller size comes opportunity. An opportunity for far more efficient machines with excellent capabilities.
Ultrabooks will undoubtedly get thinner and sleeker in design with the new 5th and 6th generation Intel chips in the pipeline. Many of the new laptops will surely adopt a smaller, lighter, and more energy-efficient profile. A great thing about these new designs is longer battery time while maintaining today’s performance levels. As we start to see slimmer, more capable machines another opportunity has emerged.
Imagine if we took two ultrabooks and combined their circuitry into one conventional laptop design. We would basically have two motherboards in such a laptop instead of one. One the major circuit boards would contain the chip circuitry for keyboards, USB, Bluetooth, lighting, wi-fi, memory, dedicated graphics and most other functions as well as excellent internal cooling facilities. The second board that hovers on top would contain not just 1 multi-core processor but between 2 – 8 multi-core processors with enough headroom on the board for circuitry to coordinate the processors.
A design or one similar to it results in a machine that far exceeds today’s computers. Data driven accounting and finance; video and photographic production; engineering; corporate analysis; database design and application systems testing; virtualization could all improve significantly. Even routine uses in the reception of entertainment could rise to a new level. Consider ultradense HD video on a new optical disk format for games and movies addressing 120 million pixels refreshed over 500hz at 120 frames per second.
Hardware innovations are already in process. AMD is introducing an advanced server architecture using ARM chips. ARM chips are used to run Android and Apple iOS phones and tablets. Using ARM on the server is AMD’s way to creating higher density with lower power and is an idea I have advocated in an earlier post. Intel can now advance conventional hardware in a similar way leveraging the improved energy and performance characteristics of their processors within the same surface area of conventional laptops not in the ultrabook category.