The built-in PayPass radios in Ultrabooks are designed to let consumers make online purchases using physical credit cards for extra security. Intel is building support for the PayPass components into its chips for Ultrabooks and has built reference designs of systems with the radios built in. Manufacturers will be able to start offering Ultrabooks with PayPass built in starting in the second half of this year, said Amit Bodas, a strategic planning manager at Intel.
PayPass tapping will work with the identity protection technology built in to all Ultrabook platforms. The combination of the consumer's own card tapping their own Ultrabook, with using PayPass Wallet on an online store, will provide multiple factors of authentication, Bodas said.
Gartner's Hung thinks digital wallet adoption has been constrained by the weak economy but will show significant growth over the next few years. Yet he cautioned that traditional credit-card purchases will still far outnumber digital wallet purchases in five years.