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Michael Dell Says AI PCs Will Be ‘Pretty Standard’ in 2025

Dell Technologies Inc. is unveiling a new line of personal computers optimized for artificial intelligence tasks, betting that they will help rejuvenate a long-struggling business.

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| Updated on: May 20 2024, 22:51 IST
Michael Dell Says AI PCs Will Be ‘Pretty Standard’ in 2025
Michael Dell Says AI PCs Will Be ‘Pretty Standard’ in 2025

Dell Technologies Inc. is unveiling a new line of personal computers optimized for artificial intelligence tasks, betting that they will help rejuvenate a long-struggling business.

“We're going to be delivering them in volume” this year, Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell said in an interview. By next year, “it'll be pretty standard.”

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So-called AI PCs contain neural processing units, a kind of chip that is meant to speed up artificial intelligence work like running a chatbot. Those chips will be made by Qualcomm Inc. for the laptops Dell announced Monday during its annual conference. Dell executives said the PCs also include a dedicated key to summon Microsoft Corp.'s AI Copilot service, which uses generative AI — technology that responds to written or verbal prompts from users — to automate business tasks such as summarizing documents and writing memos.

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The computer market has seen a historic drop-off in demand over the last two years. Many consumers, businesses and schools purchased laptops in the early months of the pandemic, but haven't yet opted for upgrades. With the proliferation of mainstream chatbots and generative AI tools in the past year, Dell and other computer makers see AI PCs as an opportunity to revitalize demand.

While AI-optimized computers will begin as a “more advanced” product, they'll “flow into the mainstream pretty quickly,” Michael Dell said. “Do you want to buy a PC that is not capable of doing those AI things that you'll want to do in the future? I don't think so.”

Global computer shipments increased in the first quarter for the first time since the end of 2021, industry research firm IDC said in April. “Along with growth in shipments, AI PCs are also expected to carry higher price tags, providing further opportunity for PC and component makers,” wrote Jitesh Ubrani, an analyst at IDC.

Though Dell is known for its PCs, investors have recently focused on the company's server business, which has seen a renaissance due to demand for high-powered equipment that can run AI workloads. Dell said it had a $2.9 billion backlog for those servers as of February.

Dell shares gained 95% this year through Friday's close, hitting a record high earlier this month after Erik Woodring, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, said the company's AI server and storage businesses are seeing more momentum than previously assumed. Evercore ISI analyst Amit Daryanani wrote last week that Dell had won “a large portion of business for Tesla's AI server buildout.” Dell declined to comment on the deal.

Much of the investor excitement is contingent on Dell's relationship with Nvidia Corp., the top maker of processors that power AI workloads, which helps Dell secure high-powered chips. A viral clip of Nvidia Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang touting the hardware maker's capabilities was cited by Woodring last week as evidence of the relationship. “If you need anything in IT, anything in computing and enterprise, you know exactly who to call — you call Dell,” Huang said.

“It is a good arrangement, so I can attest to that,” Dell said of his company's relationship with Nvidia. Still, the new era of computing “requires all sorts of new infrastructure and capabilities — certainly our partnership with Nvidia is incredibly important, but there are others and there will be others.”

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