Shaking those chips
With every year that passes, Computex becomes just as much about the components behind the tech being announced as it does the devices themselves. This year, the usual semiconductor culprits Intel, AMD and Nvidia, along with Arm and Qualcomm, took centre stage at Computex, launching their respective chips in the hope of shaping the devices we’ll see at trade shows in the years to come. Nvidia, for instance, claimed to revolutionise the gaming laptop forever thanks to a new design approach that the company says will make gaming laptops three times thinner and three times more powerful than previous models. Called Max-Q, the new design architecture boasts optimisations to the firm’s Pascal architecture, which will see GPUs such as the GeForce GTX 1080 fit inside gaming laptops (below left). Intel went one better and launched a desktop processor with a whopping 18 cores, along with a load more chips ranging from Core i5 all the way up to a brand new Core i9 model (below), while AMD used the show to launch its new 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU, the Ryzen 9 1998X. Even Qualcomm, which usually doesn’t make a splash at Computex, turned up to the party and announced that it has teamed up with Microsoft to launch a new generation of laptops by the likes of Asus, HP and Lenovo, which will be powered by the firm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor. So it looks like we’ll have even more laptops on the way in future.