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At a subdued CES, computers provide excitement

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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At CES 2021, Intel introduces four new families of processors -- from entry to premium -- that include 27 new CPUs built specifically for business, six new CPUs for education, 12 high-performance mobile CPUs, and eight high-performance desktop CPUs. The result is more than 500 new designs for laptops and desktops that will come to market in 2021. As part of the all-virtual CES 2021, Intel makes clear that now is the time to ???Go and Do Something Wonderful.??? (Credit: Intel Corporation)

In a most unusual time, CES was diminished this year, with lots of companies including Google and Amazon not having a substantial presence and presenters mourning the lack of face-to-face contact. But one category that was still on fire with new product announcements was computers.

But one category was still on fire with new product announcements: Computers.

Chipmakers Intel, AMD and Nvidia took to the virtual stage at this week's trade show to reveal their new processors that promise to make graphics look better, load faster and improve computer performance.

On Tuesday, AMD announced a lineup of new mobile processors for laptops from Asus, HP, Lenovo and other manufacturers.

Hardware companies Acer, Asus, Lenovo and others unveiled their latest computers and connected displays that put the new chips to use.

For Taiwanese company Acer, the pandemic did not greatly disturb the introduction of its new product line including several new laptops and displays.

"Because Taiwan's been almost not affected [by the coronavirus pandemic] really, and that's our world headquarters, all the product development has been going very smoothly," said Acer Pan America president Gregg Prendergast.

Prendergast said that since Acer spun off its own factories more than 20 years ago, it can nimbly choose what factory to work with, giving it more flexibility during the pandemic.

Intel debuted new processors for computers on Monday, including 11th generation Intel chips for gaming.

Apple made waves last year when reports said that it would phase out using Intel chips in its Macs and make its own instead.

Intel told CNN Business on a call last week that Apple's decision frees up the chipmaker to "figure out how we go out and compete against those [Apple] products. " Intel said it would focus on delivering the best experiences on Windows, Chrome and Linux, while it competes against Mac products.

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