Intel and AMD to release ultra-thin but more powerful laptops

(Intel Corporation)A promotional image of Intel's new NUC.

When two leading tech companies collaborate, enthusiasts, as well as the general public, can expect to see something new and cutting-edge, to say the least. That is exactly what Intel and AMD may have just done.

After declaring their team-up in November last year, the two tech leaders entered the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 earlier this week to announce the result of their partnership. Intel confirmed that is launching a new set of Core i chips under the G-series that combine with the company's H-series CPUs that come with AMD's custom version of the Radeon RX Vega GPU, Gamespot reported.

Intel said that they used an Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) and added 4 GB of dedicated HBM2 to complete the chip. The EMIB "reduces the usual silicon footprint to less than half that of discrete components implemented separately," Intel explained in a press statement. With all these in line, there will be thinner, smaller, but more power-efficient laptops that can handle bigger tasks such as virtual reality.

One perfect example showcased during the CES 2018 is the Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing). Initially codenamed Hades Canyon, the device is based on the 8th-Gen Intel Core i7 processor with Radeon™ RX Vega M graphics. This brings the "powerful new processor and graphics solution into an incredibly tiny 1.20-liter system," Intel remarked in a statement. Moreover, the tech company noted that the device is perfect for lovers of VR, as well as those who deal with workload-heavy content.

Furthermore, the new NUC will come in two variants, namely, the NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK. The first one is based on the "unlocked version of the new 8th Gen Intel Core processor with the Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics." The second, on the other hand, features the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with the Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics, Intel added.

With this new breed of laptops on the horizon, it will be interesting to see how the other tech companies will respond and take their offerings to the next level.