Tired of lugging around that 10-pound gaming notebook?
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At COMPUTEX on Tuesday, NVIDIA unveiled its GTX 1080, a powerhouse GPU that can be housed in a laptop three times thinner and half the weight of current gaming laptops. Based on Nvidia’s new Max-Q design architecture, the 1080 boasts three times the performance of its predecessor (GTX 880M) and will be available across a variety of computer brands from June 27.
Holding a 5-pound laptop housing the new chip as it ran Project Cars 2, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang says it runs 60 percent faster than the PS4 Pro.
Consumers snatched up 10 million laptops powered by NVIDIA’s GeForce-powered chips last year, but the company says its ambitions don’t just lie in gaming.
In his keynote address, Huang laid out a framework for a broader AI revolution. NVIDIA is producing powerful GPUs complemented by a new standard for cloud computing and a bold robotics initiative named Isaac that most would consider the realm of science fiction, Huang said.
With Volta, a blazingly fast GPU built with TSMC technology that packs the equivalent of 250 multicore CPUs on a single chip, Huang forecast an era in which AI “learns knowledge from raw information” by imitating humans and reinforcement learning rather than through human-written software.
Slated for launch in September, a VR project called Holodeck will be the basis of photorealistic models and interactive physics, turbocharged to allow AI and future robots to learn faster, he said.
Through “deep learning,” AI applications are increasingly writing their own software — a process that will power driverless cars and help perform deft medical surgeries, enhancing our lives and reshaping urban landscapes in the years to come.