One of Intel's latest high-priority projects are 2-in-1 devices, basically a product that combines tablets with laptops. To boost the development of these new devices, Intel's Global Ecosystem Development (GED) division will help the upstream supply chain to develop 2-in-1 devices. Intel claims there are already 15 2-in-1 devices available on the market, triple as many as at the end of 2012, and anticipates the number will rise to over 60 in the coming year.
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In addition to hardware and BIOS designs as well as thermal testing, Intel is also providing technology supports for wireless network, graphics, system battery enhancement, user interfaces for motion sensing, touch control and voice recognition to the upstream suppliers, noted Ball adding that Intel will seek cooperation with players with technology, talent and capacity and even nurture them.
Ball also noted that at the end of 2012, there were only five third-generation core processor-based 2-in-1 devices available in the market, but the number increased significantly to 15 in June, 2013 and with Intel's upcoming Silvermont-based processors and the recent launch of its fourth-generation Core processors, Intel expects more than 60 2-in-1 devices to show up in the coming year.
As for the company's 2-in-1 device development plan, in addition to convertible design, tight integration between hardware and software will also be an important key to allow smooth conversion between notebook and tablet modes.