COMPUTEX 2016: AMD Radeon RX 480 and Zen ‘Summit Ridge’ CPU, Epson ‘force sensing’ robot

As Computex 2016 continues, the product announcements keep on coming.

Here’s the latest news from the show:

AMD has unveiled the company’s strategy for its upcoming Polaris architecture-based Radeon RX Series graphics cards. The Radeon RX 480 delivers premium VR capability at a price of starting at just $199 for the 4GB edition. Set for launch and availability on June 29th, the Radeon RX 480 will deliver ‘the world’s most affordable solution for premium PC VR experiences’, delivering VR capability common in $500 GPUs.

The RX 480 will be available in 4G and 8GB memory configurations, and it will support Freesync tech as well as HDR gaming. The graphics card is capable of more than 5 teraflops of computing power.

As well as the RX 480 graphics card, AMD debuted the world’s first live public demonstration of its x86 "Zen" processor core architecture in the next-generation AM4 desktop processor (codenamed "Summit Ridge") which features eight cores and sixteen threads.

AMD’s "Zen" core is designed to scale across multiple markets including high-performance desktops, servers, notebooks and embedded solutions with first availability planned in our high-performance desktop "Summit Ridge" processor.

The desktop chip will be available to manufacturing partners by the third quarter of the year, meaning we could see Zen-based products by the end of 2016.

AMD has also launch its 7th Generation A-Series mobile APUs. Notebooks powered by the new processors will allow users to work faster and play longer, as up to four cores deliver powerful performance and energy efficiency for all day battery life. Shipping in volume to OEM customers, the full line of 7th Gen AMD A-Series processors feature mobile-optimised "Excavator" x86 CPU cores for high-speed computing plus built-in Radeon graphics – with some models offering up to Radeon R7 graphics – for smooth eSports gaming and enhanced HD streaming capabilities.

The "Bristol Ridge" lineup consists of 35- and 15-watt versions of AMD FX, A12, and A10 processors, while "Stoney Ridge" processors include 15-watt A9, A6 and E2 configurations.

While perhaps best know for its printers and projectors, Epson is actually one of the global market leaders in the field of robotics. At this year’s show, the firm has unveiled a new ‘force sensing’ robot, which is able to make decisions autonomously and learn new behaviours. It can detect if parts are in the right place, change their orientation and detect the amount of force required to perform the appropriate task. It represents a significant step forward for autonomous robots performing qualitative work on assembly lines.

Western Digital has expanded its line of SanDisk-branded mobile storage solutions with the new SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drive. The newest generation drive features a new retractable design, faster speeds and higher capacity, giving consumers the ability to quickly and easily free up space and transfer content between their smartphones and today’s USB-C devices.

Startup Holodia has showcased how VR technology can be used in the fitness sector. The Concept 2 rowing machine is hooked up to a PC called the Holofit. The user puts on a HTC Vive headset and a pair of headphones and plays a game in VR. The user can choose between different types of scenery, places themselves within a virtual boat and rows through virtual reality.

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