Shak­ing those chips

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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.

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