Intel is getting serious about its Ultrabook concept. We heard last week that it has developed a list of Ultrabook materials for manufacturers to help them undercut the MacBook Air on price and saw the extremely Apple-like Acer Aspire 3951 Ultrabook leaked yesterday. Now Intel Capital, the company’s investment group, has announced a $300m Ultrabook fund to invest in technologies destined for the new class of laptops.

In a statement, Intel said the fund is designed to help companies “building hardware and software technologies focused on enhancing how people interact with Ultrabooks, achieving all-day usage through longer battery life, enabling innovative physical designs and improved storage capacity”.

In other words, it’s a big stash of cash to compete with Apple’s research might. It’s a good move and we’re excited to see how that investment encourages laptop makers to get creative with Ultrabooks. After all, there’s more to life than the MacBook Air, right?

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