With everyone all gaga over the new iPad's Retina Display, it should come as no surprise that Intel is suddenly making a big deal about squeezing extra pixels into new displays. At this week's Intel Developer Forum in China, the company revealed some details about how the chip giant can help usher in ultra-high-resolution screens for more than just phones and tablets.
According to Liliputing, Intel showed a slide (pictured above) that suggests that higher-quality panels will reach Ultrabooks and all-in-one desktop displays by next year. It expects a resolution of 2,560x1,440 for 11-inch laptops and 2,800x1,800 for 13-inch notebooks, while 15-inch portables and 21-inch AIOs could pack in 3,840x2,160 resolution. These might not be the highest pixel-per-inch densities that could be achieved, but are optimized for the expected viewing distance. (More pixels won't matter if you're sitting too close to perceive them.)
Intel also pointed out that its new Ivy Bridge processors will have the necessary graphics horsepower to power these new displays. As PCMag.com points out, this could be a sign that Apple will be combining the new CPUs with Retina Display iMacs and MacBooks in the near future, though Intel's timeline doesn't seem in synch with the expected refresh of those systems in the coming months.
So depending on which rumors you believe, you should be seeing Retina Display computers either very soon or next year. Either way, if Intel is putting its muscle behind the new high-res screens, you can be sure they'll be everywhere.