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Microsoft unveils Copilot Plus PCs designed for AI

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 21 May 2024

Microsoft unveils Copilot Plus PCs designed for AI

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IT major Microsoft has introduced a new category of Windows PCs designed for Copilot+ PCs.

"Copilot+ PCs are the fastest, most intelligent Windows PCs ever built. With powerful new silicon capable of an incredible 40+ TOPS (trillion operations per second), all–day battery life and access to the most advanced AI models, Copilot+ PCs will enable you to do things you can’t on any other PC. Easily find and remember what you have seen in your PC with Recall, generate and refine AI images in near real-time directly on the device using Cocreator, and bridge language barriers with Live Captions, translating audio from 40+ languages into English," the company said in a statement as posted on its blog.

"These experiences come to life on a set of thin, light and beautiful devices from Microsoft Surface and our OEM partners Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Samsung, with pre-orders," the company said.

The laptops are available from June 18.

The devices are available from a starting price of USD 999.

Giving Apple a challenge, the company wrote in its blog: "We introduced an all-new system architecture to bring the power of the CPU, GPU, and now a new high performance Neural Processing Unit (NPU) together. Connected to and enhanced by the large language models (LLMs) running in our Azure Cloud in concert with small language models (SLMs), Copilot+ PCs can now achieve a level of performance never seen before. They are up to 20x more powerful and up to 100x as efficient for running AI workloads and deliver industry-leading AI acceleration. They outperform Apple’s MacBook Air 15' by up to 58% in sustained multithreaded performance, all while delivering all-day battery life.  With incredible efficiency, Copilot+ PCs can deliver up to 22 hours of local video playback or 15 hours of web browsing on a single charge. That is up to 20% more battery in local video playback than the MacBook Air 15."

The first Copilot+ PCs will launch with both the Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus processors and feature leading performance per watt thanks to the custom Qualcomm Oryon CPU, which delivers unrivaled performance and battery efficiency.

Snapdragon X Series delivers 45 NPU TOPS all-in-one system on a chip (SoC).

The premium integrated Qualcomm Adreno GPU delivers stunning graphics for immersive entertainment.