Microsoft has decided to look to the future and is working on “AI PCs”, what are they? Let’s find out more about these new devices.

The technology sector is increasingly starting to deepen its connection with Artificial Intelligence. This early 2024 has already provided some devices with integrated AI functions, with the number expected to increase more in the coming months. Virtually all companies in this sector will have some Gen AI service, mostly thanks to Microsoft’s work.

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The well-known American company seems to be the protagonist of a project that will bring “AI PCs” to the market. The Redmond giant is approving the technical requirements that manufacturers will have to meet to make a real computer linked to Artificial Intelligence available on the market.

A real innovation that could provide a serious impact on the PC market, especially since the AI ​​functions will tend to improve more and more over time. Let’s find out together what these hardware are and when they could be made available.

Microsoft working on “AI PCs”: everything we know

The important innovation of “AI PCs” was revealed by two decidedly authoritative sources in the tech sector, such as TrendForce. According to what has been reported, Microsoft will continue to insist on two aspects in particular: RAM on board and TOPS, the latter acronym meaning “Trillion Operations per Second”. "Trillions" is to be understood in the so-called "short scale" used in the Anglo-Saxon environment, and means one thousand billion (in the Italian area the "long scale" is used, which is equivalent to one billion billion).

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In essence, this scenario leads to the fact that the various chips called upon to take care of AI calculations in a device (NPU, GPU, coprocessors, etc.) will have to be able to perform a certain number of them per second. Apparently the American company is aiming for 40 TOPS, the equivalent of 40,000 billion.

Based on the data shared so far, the Qualcomm Snapdragon Intel’s Meteor Lake chips should reach 34 TOPS, while future Lunar Lake chips, expected to be released in 2024, are expected to reach 40 TOPS. The first chips to reach this threshold will be the AMD Ryzen 8000.

On RAM it seems that the minimum requirement will be 16 GB, a quota that has been easy to meet for a long time not only on desktop PCs but also on laptops. Thanks to the arrival of the CAMM2 bank standard, which should take the place of SO-DIMMs, devices with soldered and non-expandable RAM will be increasingly rare.