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Promised in time for Christmas Intel pushed Ultrabooks at its developer forum in San Francisco last week. Ultrabook is an Intel trademarked name for systems that meet certain specifications for thickness, battery life and processing power for example. They're designed for people who want more functionality than a tablet, but still need something light and fast. So these systems are going to be based on the Sandy Bridge processor. Ultrabooks will come from a number of manufacturers including Toshiba, Acer, Asus and others. Intel has laid out its plan for processor upgrades for ultrabooks in the next few years. So next year we're going to be introducing Ivy Bridge into the market and that's the same basic architecture that we have on Sandy Bridge today but it's going to (unintelligable) to our 22nm process with those really cool 3D transistors that you may have heard about already. And even with Ivy Bridge coming next year, Intel is already looking to 2013 and the introduction of a new chip that will be even more power efficient.

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We get hands on with the PlayStation Vita. At the 2011 Tokyo Game Show, the main attraction has been the massive Sony booth. The company has 70 of its new PlayStation Vita game consoles for hands on playtime. Attendees lined up for over an hour to get a few minutes on one. The Vita has touch screens on both the front and the back and dual control sticks, along with the traditional controls found on the PSP. It will cost about 30,000 yen for the 3G version and 25,000 yen for the wi-fi only version. Despite the advanced controls and price, Sony has insisted the game will also be attractive to more casual gamers. A host of new devices and software for casual gamers was on display at the show. These included the Sony Ericsson game phone called Play, and offerings from Gree, a Japanese online game company that is on the offensive. Inexperienced gamers that tried the Vita for the first time came away impressed. The show, one of the world's top showcases for new games and hardware, ran from last Thursday through to Sunday.