On Tuesday, electronics makers from around the globe gathered in Taipei, Taiwan for Computex 2019. The weeklong conference is one of the largest computer shows in the world and acts as a showcase for next-generation hardware. This year’s event hosted noteworthy presentations from semiconductor giants AMD, ARM, and Intel.
Based on their exhibitions, it seems the computer component industry’s future lies in artificial intelligence, mobile devices, and content creation. Here’s a breakdown of the innovations the three chipmakers debuted at the conference.
Befitting its brand, AMD’s showing was all about substantive processor upgrades, not flashy promises of revolutionary hardware. Accordingly, the firm put a spotlight on the latency-reducing capability of its 7nm Ryzen 3000 chips, the first consumer-grade 12 core processors.
The company also touted the quality of its new Radeon RX 5000 graphics cards. The GPU gives users a 25 percent-per-clock increase in performance over previous generation cards. They’re also 50 percent faster per watt than their past iteration and support for GDDR6 RAM and PCIe 4.0.
Consequently, AMD seems to be interested in expanding its PC and laptop market share. As that segment of the firm’s business has performed well recently, the company’s leadership is employing a smart strategy. Sadly, the corporation did not detail how its new component architecture would be used in the highly anticipated PlayStation 5.
The British-based firm boasted its next-generation Cortex processors offer a 20 percent boost in thread performance. Additionally, it stated the latest Mali unit provides a 40 percent increase in graphics performance and a 60 percent improvement in machine learning speed. Furthermore, the company explained its new mobile GPU is also 30 percent more energy-efficient than its predecessor.
With that impressive lineup and Huawei’s current problems, ARM is primed to continue dominating the mobile processor sector.
Intel’s pitch to mobile device makers and consumers was less about new products and more about asserting brand supremacy. The company’s focus is on recapturing laptop market, and its forthcoming 10th generation cores are the crux of its campaign. The firm pledged that the next generation of portable devices featuring its chips would feature built-in artificial intelligence programs and lightning fast Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.
The California-based technology company tried to position itself as the component manufacturer of choice for content makers. The manufacture’s presentation noted its graphics processors allow users to have seamless for 4K HDR “entertainment experiences.”
However, ADM’s less expensive high-performance 7nm processors will be a significant obstacle to Intel’s market ambitions.
If there’s one single takeaway from Computex 2019, it’s that the current level of competition in the semiconductor industry is a great thing for mobile electronics lovers. The chipmaker presentations featured at the conference indicate the next generation of computer hardware will be astoundingly powerful and multifaceted.