This one comes as a bit of a shocker and with the potential to completely upend the computer chip market. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that longtime rivals Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) plan to team up in an attempt to better compete with Nvidia Corp in the computer chip and graphics card space.
Their plan, according to the report, involves creating a product that would essentially combine the two companies’ technologies. The new product would be a laptop-computer chip with an Intel processor combined with an AMD graphics unit. The new chip would be intended for thin laptops that are capable of running high-end videogames.
This marks the first time AMD and Intel have teamed up on a product since the 1980s.
It’s an interesting move that we view as having both pros and cons to it. For one, creating a chip that also includes a powerful graphics processor has the potential to both simplify the gaming computer market while also allowing traditionally weaker machines to be better positioned to succeed in a strengthening gaming market. But at the same time, there are certainly questions about the future upgradability of computers that support this new super chip. Graphics cards, while expensive, are relatively easy and the process for upgrading them—particularly on desktop systems—is noninvasive. How that translates to a processor/chip combo and on a laptop will be rather interesting.
Still, the news of this partnership is incredibly exciting for the gaming market.
X Marks the Spot
— Mashable (@mashable) November 6, 2017
By all accounts, the iPhone X was a massive hit for Apple during its opening weekend. According to early adoption rate reports, the new phone outpaced the combined adoption rates of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus from last month. The phone’s 0.93 percent adoption rate, according to Apple Insider, fell just short of the iPhone 7’s 1 percent from last year.
That’s all good news for Apple, especially considering revenue projections as they relate to the higher price of the X.