Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) will introduce “combination chips” containing a microprocessor and a graphics engine at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
The integration of microprocessors and graphics processing units (GPUs) on a single piece of silicon “is going to change the way people build PCs and buy PCs,” noted Paul Otellini, chief executive officer of Intel, in a Wall Street Journal story today.
The so-called “superchip” will boost computing speeds because it reduces the distance a signal must travel when GPUs and microprocessors are communicating with one another. It also lowers the number of components that manufacturers must buy, which cuts production costs and reduces the thickness of laptop and tablet models.
In its story, The Wall Street Journal said the integrated chips will enable low-priced computers to carry out tasks that currently add hundreds of dollars to the price of a PC.
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Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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