Most of us spent a lot more time in front of our computers in 2020 than ever before, thanks to lockdown conditions and the completely changed dynamics around work, communication, education and leisure. Our technology has connected all of us and the industry is increasingly with these changes. In fact, despite the overall economic slowdown, the demand for computer hardware, both in the form of components and pre-built PCs and laptops has increased, as they are now essential commodities.
Production and distribution have been somewhat affected and prices continue to rise in India due to taxes and currency fluctuations. However, most hardware takes years to develop, and plans are made in advance, so thankfully the pace of innovation continues as usual. 2020 also saw Spike in PC sales, Mostly Thanks for the remote work.
Corporate mergers, security breaches, future roadmaps and more are the big stories this year from the products launched. We see the transportation and shakers of the PC industry in a unique order.
Apple has shaken up the silicon industry
A story that has been playing for many years Of Apple Heavy Move to internal CPUs. Switching from Intel’s commodity chips and industry-standard X86 architecture Fully custom-designed ARM-based processors are no small feat. There is a switch Rumors and leaks for years, But when the apple Announced its architectural successes WWDC unveiled the first PCs at mid-2020 and later using its internal M1 chip, it is safe to say that many people were shocked to see the end result.
New MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac Mini Look just like their ancestors, deliberately move to focus on their vision. There is no massive disruptive transition here; If you use everyday apps, Apple controls its own software so you won’t notice anything else. Rosetta 2 software emulation makes most painless, and Makos 11 Big Sur Deftly optimized for new hardware. Also, you can now run most iOS apps on M1-based Mac.
Pro users can choose to wait a while from Intel-powered Macs Not staying away completely A few more years, but based on what we’ve already seen, More powerful Apple silicon processors Are on the way and things get more interesting.
Maybe Apple is holding back ating success, it seems Microsoft Also interested in getting started Compatible ARM-based SoCs for its surface range To give its Windows in ARM attempts A boost. Can be seen in later years Breakdown of the X86 As a standard for de-facto PC architecture.
On a different note, Apple finally Has launched its online Apple Store in India, Offering direct sales to customers Extended hardware configuration options, Customer service and even today at Apple learning sessions. Apple also offered First vacation deal in India, Although it is short-lived. This is an important step Before opening physical retail locations, Hopefully in 2021.
Intel makes mistakes but there is a clear way
Of Intel Struggles with 10nm output Above The last five years or so Are painful Well documented, And the company announced this year Significant delay to the next 7nm node As well as. The rival is AMD Removing 7nm CPUs For In a year Now, Intel can’t do that until early 2022. The fall of this change There is also an exit Murthy Renduchintala, Intel’s Chief Engineering Officer, and a major company restructuring. More importantly, Intel In the end it must admit that its own productive capabilities are not competitive enough, and it will be Turn to external foundries Such as TSMC for future needs. The other is serious and untouchable Load value injection safety vulnerability Discovered.
This is not all bad news; Intel claims that its current processes have been refined and are capable of meeting current requirements. The 11Th General ‘Tiger Lake’ series The offer is said to have been launched this year “More than generations” jumps Improved battery life along with performance, though 10Th General Comet Lake-S Desktop Lineup Raised the bar especially for gaming. Intel also revealed Its Foveros 3D stacking technology, ‘Super Fin’ transistor design, and new modular approach allow it to combine and match different logic blocks with different cores and adapt designs to different output nodes more easily.
The first Intel NUC Laptop Kit OEMs show how the company wants to place its submissions. The Intel Evo Platform Branding introduced Establish a standard for high-end ultraportables, And the newest visual identity brings some life into the brand.
There is also plenty to look forward to. Intel hosted Virtual Architecture Day and Labs Day events this year. Announcing the latest Xe GPU displays and roadmaps, including a new plan for the amateur class Discrete gaming GPU With Hardware Ray Tracing in 2021. To come ‘Rocket Lake’ structure Supports Intel’s newest 10nm architecture to 14nm For desktops. After that, ‘Alder Lake’ will Combine high-power and high-capacity cores For the first time on mainstream PCs. The Hybrid ‘Lakefield’ CPU Is Shipping now, And used in pathbreaking Lenovo ThinkPad X1 fold.
In the field of research and development, there is also progress in integrated photonics for neuromorphic computing, cryogenic quantum control chips and data centers.
Finally, Intel got out of it Lightning 4 standard It is ready to become very common USB4 is essentially the same standard, But with loose restrictions on implementation. The Updated standard Supports 40Gbps output and 100W power delivery. Now anyone can run Lightning, so it should be common on AMD-based platforms. It has also been integrated into many recent Intel CPUs.
AMD’s latest Raigen CPUs and Radeon GPUs work well but are hard to find
Continuing its stellar run, AMD Has released its ‘Gen 3’ architecture based first Raizen 5000 desktop CPUs This year. In the high end, AMD established that it could take Intel’s best competitors in single-thread and multi-thread tasks. Performance has seen a big improvement, but as prices have risen across the board and stocks are in short supply, many people feel that the value equation has actually turned back in favor of Intel in many areas. Old Raizen 3000 series CPUs and The smaller Raison 3000 XT series is refreshing Prices also rose due to supply and demand issues.
On the graphics side, AMD The year began With the middle range Radeon RX 5600 XT And then Radeon RX 6000 Series, 4K performance attempts to take the crown. Based on New RDNA 2 structure It also supports custom AMD chips designed for this year PlayStation 5 And Xbox Series X | S. Consoles. AMD Now offers Ray Tracing, And will soon be on par with Nvidia’s DLSS high – end technology. The fall of AMD though There is a price And few options are available in India with scarcity, increased options.
Of AMD Raizen 4000-series laptop processors This year, there is a high demand especially for gaming laptops. The company has won plenty of fans due to its competitive performance and good prices. AMD hopes to invest its CPU and GPU technologies together with SmartShift Manage energy dynamically And heat between all the major parts of the laptop, but Only such a model Launched in 2020.
Nvidia continues to dominate high-end gaming
Nvidia Its release GeForce RTX 2000 Super Series for laptops At the beginning of the year, with GeForce RTX 3000 GPUs Recently launched. Performance course Much better than the previous one, With these new models Raising the bar At each price level. Nvidia’s own Founders Edition graphics card received a major makeover with exotic double-sided coolers and high-end materials. Especially in India, direct retail by distributor i.e. Founders Editions cost much less than third party cards, which is increasing in popularity.
The company also maintains the visual reliability of Ray Tracing and DLSS upsampling, supporting more games in 2020, including Cyberpunk 2077. Minecraft, CoD: Black Ops Cold War and Watchdogs: Legion.
GeForce Now, Nvidia’s cloud gaming service, Open to the public In early 2020 and the gadgets were able to 360 Test its performance in India. Although the experience is not seamless and alternatives are needed to deal with geographical limitations, high-end games can still be played on low-specs PCs as well as Macs and Android phones.
In a move beyond PC space, Nvidia has made one $ 40 billion offer To acquire ARM Holdings, the company behind ARM Architecture, which powers billions of smartphones, embedded and infrastructure devices, PCs, servers, cars and IoT products. If the contract Gives regulatory approval, Which means enormous shake-up, especially in terms of AI and cloud computing.