There are many ways to predict the movement of technology in 2014. But a lot of that can be seen at the signals shown by big microprocessor companies like AMD and Intel at the recently concluded Computer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week.
While Intel is looking to get big in a new area called perceptual computing, one that involves wireless technology and interfaces that control computers, AMD is going deep into graphics. How deep? We’re talking a very deep – as in 2.5 Million transistors deep – into high-end graphics.
Codenamed Kaveri, the new chips will carry the official name A-series Accelarated Processing Units (APUs). Now what is new? It is in the large amount of transistor packed into these devices. But then, AMD is a veteran of combining graphics processing and central processing units within the same chip.
What makes this chip line very interesting? It uses new architectures such a system called Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA), which should help speed up computing – plus it includes a new graphic score, too. Compared with the Intel which normally packs a higher price tag, this AMD chip performs really well. It is going to be very interesting to see how this chip will be used. Chances are they will probably be used to power a lot of game graphics cards. If that happens, it would not much be different from many of the AMD chips already released.
AMD is pretty much the go-to chip maker for graphics cards. It would be very interesting if AMD devotes some of this techno-wizardry into making graphics-heavy and powerful tablet chips. That would be interesting because it will give ARM a run for its money, while it also tries to elbow Intel out of the tablet market.