The new Intel Ultrabook class of laptops is aimed squarely at battling the MacBook Air but lots of reports have suggested PC makers are struggling to keep the cost of components down.

Now DigiTimes is reporting that Intel has put together a reference list of materials to show potential Ultrabook creators how to bring their models in at under $1000. Will it be able to get them onside?

It seems to use the Intel Ultrabook name, manufacturers will have to comply with those requirements, building either 11 to 13in laptops with 0.7in thick chassis with materials costing under $710 or 0.8in thick 14in to 17in models for under $650 in parts. Regardless of size, Ultrabooks will pack an Intel Sandy Bridge processor with upgrades to Ivy Bridge architecture on the horizon.

Intel is reportedly convening a meeting of PC makers in Tapei next week to get them onside with its Ultrabook plans. We’ll see whether it can match that price promise when the Asus UX21 and the HP Ultrabook line break cover. Hit the comments and let us know: are you excited about the Intel’s Ultrabook plans?

Out September | £TBC | Intel (via DigiTimes)

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