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Intel signs pacts to ensure capacity for touch panels

By George Liao  /  Staff reporter

Intel Corp has signed agreements with several leading touch panel manufacturers to ensure adequate capacity to meet the expected demand for touch-enabled Ultrabooks in the years to come, a senior company official said yesterday.

The company has signed deals with Cando Corp (達鴻), HannsTouch Solution Inc (和鑫), TPK Holding Co (宸鴻) and Wintek Corp (勝華), Intel senior vice president Tom Kilroy said in a keynote speech at Computex in Taipei.

The addition of touch-enabled experiences to the Ultrabook is only the beginning, because Intel believes that touch capability is a key component to the Ultrabook experience and will be increasingly important across a wide range of devices, he said.

Kilroy yesterday officially introduced the next wave of Ultrabook systems based on the company’s third-generation “Core i” processors.

In his speech, Kilroy urged the computer industry to offer computers senses, or the ability to see, hear and feel, much like people do.

He also highlighted the company’s efforts to deliver user-centric experiences across a range of mobile devices from the Ultrabook to smartphones and tablets.

Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) chairman Johnny Shih (施崇棠) joined Kilroy on the stage to demonstrate two Windows 8-based Ultrabooks that the company first introduced to the press on Monday.

After that, Kilroy said the company has 20 tablet designs based on the upcoming Intel Atom processors, codenamed “Clover Trail,” and designed for Windows 8.

He then demonstrated for the first time a multi-language voice experience based on Nuance’s Dragon engine and speech technology on an Ultrabook.

As announced in January, the companies are collaborating to provide voice experience to consumers, allowing users to check and update their social media sites, initiate voice over IP calls and search the Internet, Kilroy said.

Users can also control the Ultrabook when not connected to the Internet by using their voice to quickly and easily launch applications, play local media and multi-task, he said.

After speaking English to the Ultrabook, Kilroy invited Taiwanese entertainer Wang Lee-hom (王力宏) to come to the stage to try out the Chinese version of the application.

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