The mobile version of AMD's more competitive Zen architecture not only reaches a broader slice of the PC market, but is also the first Ryzen processor with on-die graphics. AMD is promising big gains in performance and efficiency.
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Neural engines are already showing up in phones and chipmakers are racing to develop more powerful hardware to meet demand for vision processing in a growing list of applications.
Moore's Law is slowing at a time when new applications are demanding more muscle. The solution is to offload jobs to specialized hardware but these complex, heterogeneous systems will require a fresh approach.
Earlier this year AMD released Ryzen, announced Epyc, unveiled its first Vega graphics card and teased a 16-core desktop chip. Yet it still managed to make some news at Computex, where it also argued the combination of its new CPUs and GPUs can deliver the best overall performance per dollar.
AMD says that it has finally realized the full potential of the APU with the launch of the Carrizo, a true single-chip solution capable of delivering solid gaming performance and longer battery life in mainstream laptops. But the next-generation Radeon GPUs were a no-show.
Intel's latest results should provide some clues to the health of the PC market. Lately the signs haven't been good. But at the Intel Developer Forum in Shenzhen, Intel insisted there's still plenty of life left in the PC.
Microsoft's Surface 3 signals the end of the Windows RT experiment. But is also notable because it is the first device to offer Intel's 14nm Atom Cherry Trail chip.
At ISSCC this week, Intel says it is business as usual, but rising costs have left the rest of the chip industry looking for something more than Moore.
The industry’s response to the tablet has been to push touch in laptops. If the shelves of Best Buy are any indication, it seems to have worked. So why are there now reports that touchscreen laptops will be phased out?
Consumers have yet to tune in to 4K. But while the technical merits are subject to debate, the recent NAB Show in Las Vegas left little doubt that a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to make Ultra HD TV the next big thing.