Blog | 04.18.2024

The AI PC starts here. How Artificial Intelligence is transforming the next wave of PCs.

A Glimpse into the Future

Are you AI ready?  NWN Carousel can help you get there!  According to a recent report from the International Data Corporation, the AI revolution is poised to dominate headlines with AI PCs projected to represent nearly 60% of all PC shipments by 2027.  The year 2024 alone anticipates the introduction of approximately 50 million AI-enabled PCs to the market. This figure is expected to skyrocket to over 127 million devices by 2027, firmly establishing the majority of PCs as “AI PCs.”  

Navigating the AI Landscape

Businesses worldwide are actively exploring how to leverage AI technology as a competitive advantage. Here’s a breakdown of where various businesses stand:

  • 22% are aggressively integrating AI into their products and workflows.
  • 33% are employing AI in a limited capacity.
  • 35% are investing in training and reskilling their workforce to align with AI
  • 45% are still in the exploratory phase of AI integration.

One of the easiest ways to start harnessing the power of AI for your business and as an individual is using AI PCs.

Understanding AI PCs

So, what exactly is an AI PC?  An AI laptop or desktop is meticulously engineered to efficiently handle AI, machine learning, and complex computations locally, eliminating reliance on cloud resources.

At the heart of these machines lies the Neural Processing Unit (NPU), a revolutionary chipset tailored for intricate neural network operations and AI tasks.  NPUs, measured in Tera Operations per Second (TOPS), enable PCs to multitask at unprecedented levels, unlocking new dimensions of productivity.

The IDC categorizes NPU-enabled AI PCs into three tiers:

  • Hardware-enabled AI PCs: Featuring NPUs with less than 40 TOPS, these PCs support specific AI functionalities locally.
  • Next-generation AI PCs: Equipped with NPUs offering between 40-60 TOPS, these PCs boast an AI-first operating system, enabling pervasive AI capabilities across applications and the OS itself.
  • Advanced AI PCs: With over 60 TOPS of NPU performance, these PCs promise cutting-edge AI capabilities, though formal product announcements are pending.

The Promise of AI PCs

Why are AI PCs essential?  By automating repetitive tasks and leveraging predictive analytics and machine learning, AI PCs empower users to focus on strategic tasks.  There are 3 main reasons why silicon manufacturers, such as Intel, have begun adding NPUs to their chipsets and why the AI PC is forecasted to be so important:

  1. Enhance performance: By bringing AI workloads from the cloud to the local PC itself, it eliminates the round-trip current AI workloads take as they stand today. 
  2. Enhance privacy and Security: Security and privacy are a major focus of everyone as we are all more interconnected every day.  By keeping the data locally and not sending it out over the internet, it significantly reduces the possibility that workload has been snooped, captured, or otherwise tampered with. 
  3. Lower Cost: Finally, by running AI models locally, there is no need for shared cloud resources. Depending on the usage of an organization, this could be a tremendous financial savings!  In addition, the NPU on the PC lowers power consumption and improves battery life.

One example of this includes the daily use of an AI PC is already better for collaboration products such as Microsoft Teams, by performing the background video features much smoother, all while using less CPU, less power, and increasing battery life.

Embracing the Future

The advent of AI PCs signals a new era of device performance and user experience.  PC OEMs have introduced a slew of innovative features, from real-time language translation to enhanced gaming experiences, or additional security features, ushering in a wave of productivity and creativity.

Embracing Innovation

While AI isn’t a novel concept, its integration into everyday devices signifies a shift in technological infrastructure.  Specialized processing units enable parallel data processing capabilities, transforming how we interact with technology and making it personalized.  AI PCs will enable your employees to become significantly more efficient at their roles.  AI PCs can automate repetitive tasks, allowing office workers to focus on more strategic and creative aspects of their jobs.  Predictive analytics and machine learning allow for your AI PC to adapt and learn from common behaviors, help prioritize work, manage schedules, and even optimize workflows.

We Understand Seamless Integration 

At NWN Carousel, we understand that hardware alone doesn’t define greatness in a PC.  It’s the seamless integration of hardware and software, along with the analytics, that elevates the user experience to new heights.  Partnering with leading innovators like Intel and HP Inc., we ensure that our AI PCs are equipped with the latest technology to empower users in ways previously unimaginable. NWN Carousel is delivering enhanced user experiences for our customers from procurement, deployment, and lifecycle management – now  adding the incredible innovation of AI to the personal computer.

The Devices offering from NWN Carousel provides customers with a holistic solution for managing endpoints throughout their lifecycle, reducing incidents, and improving end user experience.  Collaborating closely with customers, NWN Carousel delivers device and peripheral deployment, management, and proactive support services, aiming to elevate their overall experience while allowing their IT staff to concentrate on strategic endeavors.  Leveraging extensive expertise, NWN Carousel specializes in transitioning customers’ device fleets into a lifecycle management model driven by best practices, seamlessly integrated with end-user support services via our Experience Management Platform.

A Future Defined by AI

As you embark on this journey into the future of computing, it’s clear that AI is more than just a buzzword—it’s a game-changer.  NWN Carousel’s AI PCs empower users to unleash their full potential, transforming the way we work, create, and connect.  Join us in embracing the power of AI and delivering the next level computing experience for a new era of productivity like never before.