Ultrabooks is what is required to fight the threat of tablets in the years to come, according to a report by IHS iSuppli. The newly launched media tablets are eating away at the share of notebooks and the category to see the biggest hit is netbooks. According to IHS iSuppli, Ultrabooks are likely to make up for 43 percent of all notebooks by the year, 2015. By the end of the year, they will only make up for 2 percent, but this number is expected to swell to 13 percent in 2012 and 38 percent in 2014. Principal analyst, Matthew Wilkins says that notebooks need to be more appealing to customers and Ultrabooks might just be what’s required.

Extremely thin and lightweight Ultrabook

Extremely thin and lightweight Ultrabook

The Ultrabooks movement is being pushed, primarily by Intel and partners are jumping onboard and launching new models starting this year. Ultrabooks are expected to be priced at under $1,000, but models being launched currently are being priced above it. They are also expected to have solid state drives and have battery life of longer than 8 hours. The next step for improvement for Ultrabooks will be when Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system is released. The demand for Ultrabooks should hopefully boost the semiconductor and component market that hasn’t been doing too great lately.

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