Hot chips at core of ultra-fast PCS
BUY a top-of-the-line computer today and it will process games, videos and photos up to twice as fast as one built just a year ago.
Replace a three-year-old computer and your new PC will handle media at 30 times the speed and show off 3D graphics 19 times faster than your old workhorse.
The advancements are being made possible by new computer chips released this month and already filtering into laptops from Samsung, Apple, Toshiba, Acer, Dell, Sony and ASUS.
Intel promises its third-generation Core processors — code-named Ivy Bridge — are the smallest and fastest yet, and deliver greater graphics processing and power with low energy consumption.
Intel Australia and New Zealand general manager Kate Burleigh says the thirdgeneration chips use new technology, including redesigned three-layer transistors, to deliver a power boost.
‘‘ We see today as being a huge day for the industry, not just worldwide but here in Australia where Australians continue to demand compute responsiveness,’’ she says.
The new chips promise to deliver up to double the 3D graphics performance of last year’s chips, which Burleigh says will affect everything from video editing to video games.
‘‘ When you’re looking at the processor, it used to take one hour to encode (video). It would now take two minutes to do.’’
But consumers will have to ask about the new chips specifically when buying a new computer because Intel has chosen to keep its labelling the same as last year.
Outwardly, there will be no way of telling which computer has the newer technology.
Ultrabooks are already emerging that use the new chips, including Toshiba’s Satellite U840W, Samsung’s Series 9 PC and the Vaio T Series from Sony.