The concept of an all-in-one (AIO) PC has changed dramatically.
When this compact, clutter-free form factor was introduced back in the 1980s, the most amazing part was that multiple components could be housed in the same chassis.
Oh, how times have changed!
Today’s AIO systems are powerful enough to supplant their bulky desktop brethren. Recent advances in graphics processing, miniaturization and touch-screen technology could even elevate the AIO to king of the PC hill — and relegate the classic desktop design to the annals of computer history.
Do your customers find it hard to disconnect? Then they may be the perfect candidates for the new generation of always-connected PCs that debuted at CES this year.
Always-connected PCs are thin and light laptops that offer all-day battery life and 24x7 internet connectivity. That connectivity, it should be noted, is guaranteed even if the system is far from a Wi-Fi signal.
Quantum computing is coming. Slowly. But it’s coming, and that’s a big deal.
At CES this year Intel unveiled the new “Tangle Lake” superconducting quantum test chip. The processor is just the size of a quarter, yet it holds a total of 49 quantum bits (qubits). That’s up from Intel’s previous record of 17 qubits on a single chip, which was released just two months ago.
Maybe quantum computing isn’t moving so slowly, after all.
Intel is breathing new life into its entry-level chips. Following the recently released Pentium Gold, Intel’s new Gemini Lake series is moving further down-market with the Pentium Silver and new Celeron SKUs. Pentium Silver aims to power OEMs’ latest desktops, laptops, convertibles and all-in-ones (AIOs).
Intel’s new new Stratix 10 MX FPGA has hit the market with a pocketful of high-bandwidth memory. This device should change forever the way your customers think about memory allocation. Make no mistake, it’s the beginning of the end for DDR4 memory.
The wearables market is growing fast.
How fast? More than 310 million wearable devices will be sold worldwide this year, predicts research firm Gartner. Assuming that’s correct, it will mark an increase over last year of nearly 17%.
That’s plenty fast. And looking ahead, industry analysts see more of the same. They predict that sales of wearables will continue to increase year-over-year for the foreseeable future.
Watch the watch space
The holidays area coming, and that means gifts. What to buy for your discerning tech lover?
Here are my recommendations for 5 cool gadgets the techies on your list will love.
1. Amazon Key
> Perfect for: The online shopaholic
> Price: $249 and up
Intel’s new SSDs could have your customers rethinking their data-center architectures in a big way.
These solid-state drives offer a brand-new form factor for the first time in years. They also pack updated non-volatile memory and a SATA solution for legacy hardware. Get ready for a whole new ballgame.
SATA, introduced back in 2000, quickly became the gold standard for computer bus interfacing. Though the world is now moving on to newer solutions — especially the PCIe/NVMe protocol — many data centers still rely on this turn-of-the-century mainstay.
Welcome to the wide world of meeting-room systems. Videoconferencing is hot, and the world’s most powerful hardware makers are all vying for a piece (or more) of your customer’s tech budgets.
In return, these hardware suppliers offer varying degrees of connectivity, ease of use, and purpose-built hardware. All promise to virtually connect users no matter where they are on the planet.