CES 2014: Toshiba Launches KIRAbook Ultrabook With Haswell Processor, Chromebook and 5-Watt Chipset

By Vivek

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 is the biggest tech event when it comes to technology and consumer electronics products. After giving a podium to most of the electronic products manufacturers to showcase their latest devices, now Toshiba has come up to the same podium and launched array of products including a Chromebook, Note book and also a new chip. Let's take a look:

CES 2014: Toshiba Launches KIRAbook Ultrabook, Chromebook and Chipset


Toshiba KIRAbook Ultrabook

Toshiba has in fact upgraded its premium KIRAbook Ultrabook with 4th generation Intel Core "Haswell" processors which will deliver faster performance, better graphics and a longer battery life rating up to nine hours. The updated KIRAbook will maintain its original ultra-high resolution PixelPure display, sleek and lightweight design and resilient AZ91 pressed magnesium alloy build.

The KIRAbook features a 13.3-inch diagonal ultra-high resolution with factory color-calibrated PixelPure display offers a resolution of 2560x1440 to deliver intensely vivid text and images, making this Ultrabook ideal for viewing photos and movies, playing games and reading documents.

The notebook is available in both non-touch and touch variants. It is also equipped with high-quality Harman Kardon stereo speakers that have undergone further audio processing by DTS to deliver best-in-class sound quality. Its touchscreen models utilize Corning Concore Glass to offer damage resistance, while the body of all models is comprised of AZ91 magnesium alloy.

Additionally, the Ultrabook's 256GB solid state drive and 8GB of 1600 MHz memory offer up a fast and responsive experience. Toshiba is also bundling an Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 on each KIRAbook.

Pricing and Availability

The new KIRAbook will be available for purchase from mid-February 2014, at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Microsoft Store, B&H and Adorama, and direct from Toshiba starting at $1,499.99 (approx. Rs. 93,539).

CES 2014: Toshiba Launches KIRAbook Ultrabook, Chromebook and Chipset


Toshiba Chromebook

Toshiba Chromebook is also announced at the CES 2014, it is 13.3-inch diagonal HD TruBrite display. It will be available for purchase from US retailers beginning in February.

A full-size Chrome-optimized keyboard and spacious touchpad makes getting work done a cinch online with an increasing number of productivity-driven apps like Gmail, Calendar, Docs and more that enable users to continue working even when not connected.

The new Toshiba Chromebook was designed from the ground up, weighing just 3.3 pounds and featuring a slim 0.8-inch profile sporting a sleek new design with a textured finish. A Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor plus 2GB of RAM and a 16GB solid state drive deliver versatile performance, ultra-fast start up time and a long battery life of up to nine hours.

Further, the device is equipped with 100GB Google Drive storage out of the box enabling a storage place for files and media that can be easily synced, shared and accessed across other smartphone and computing devices. This Chromebook is also equipped with laptop essentials for greater usability, including two USB 3.0 ports , a full-size HDMI port, security lock slot and a memory card reader, plus Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.

Availability and Price

It is priced at just $279.99 (approx. Rs. 17,460) and will be available from February 16, 2014 at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba Stores.

CES 2014: Toshiba Launches KIRAbook Ultrabook, Chromebook and Chipset

Toshiba TAEC Wireless Power Chipset

Toshiba also announced new enhancements to its TB6865FG power transmitter and TC7763WBG receiver chipset enabling wireless power transfer to more quickly charge mobile devices. The TAEC wireless power chipset now supports 5-watt power transfer. The earlier TC7761WBG part has been awarded Qi certification at output power of 3.5-watt.

The TAEC is compatible with the Qi low-power specifications version 1.1 defined by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), including rigorous Foreign Object Detection (FOD); and has integrated digital controller logic that reduces component count and minimizes design complexity.

The TAEC wireless power chipset is built with the company's mixed-signal process with optimized MOSFET design that achieves high-performance allowing mobile device placement on the battery charging pad. The TC7763 realize a wireless power solution with a transmitter that consists of the TB6865FG transmitter. The TB6865FG integrates an MCU and can drive 4 external MOSFET H Bridges of 4 coils for a free positioning architecture supporting two mobile devices.

The TC7763WBG receiver combines modulation and control circuitry with a rectifier power pickup, built-in Linear Dropout Regulator (LDO) and circuit protection functions. The transmitter IC is housed in a LQFP-100 14x14mm package and the receiver IC is supplied in a compact WCSP-28 2.4mm x 3.67mm x 0.5mm package.

Availability and Price

The TAEC power transmitter and receiver chipset, TB6865FG and TB7763WBG, is currently sampling. One piece sample price of the TB6865FG power transmitter is $7.00 (approx. Rs. 436) and the TB7763WBG receiver is $3.50 (approx. Rs. 218).

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