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Workstation market breaks out to record-setting quarter in Q2’14

September 8th 2014

JPR reports the workstation industry achieved record levels for both unit volume and revenue. Worldwide, the industry shipped approximately 1.05 million workstations in the second quarter, corresponding to growth of 10.8% sequentially and 11.5%, year-over-year "With economic conditions more robust, and without the same threat of encroachment from tablets that has depressed PC shipments, we had been expecting some kind of meaningful thrust forward at some point," explains Senior Analyst and JPR Workstation Report author Alex Herrera.

CG and CV are black holes for processing power

Techwatch September 9th 2014

Too much, good enough—nonsense   Some of you reading this may know I’ve postulated a few axioms over the years, all of them about scale in one way or another. One of my favorites is my first: In computer graphics, too much is not enough—1981. It was true then, and it’s true now. It’s also why I get so tired of the question, but haven’t integrated graphics caught up? No. There is no catchup. You can’t catch up. You’ll never catch up.  A friend of mine more famous than I, Jim Blinn, also has an axiom: Blinn’s Law: As …

Technology is a state of mind

Samsung, Apple, Nvidia, Google, Microsoft—they’re competitors. How in the world did that happen? It happened because what you do is becoming more important than what you’re doing it on. We used to think Samsung built displays, and Apple built computers, Nvidia built graphics processors, Microsoft built an operating system, …Click here to read this blog entry

GPU shipments (MarketWatch) Q2 2014 - Charts and Images

Graphics chips are without doubt one of the most powerful, exciting, and essential components in tech today: not only does every computer require one (or more), but the technology is entering into major new markets like supercomputers, remote workstations, and simulators almost on a daily basis. New technologies and …Click here to read this news article

When is enough, enough?

13 hours is enough for one workday The French, bless them, have decreed that work ends when workers leave the office. In a deal negotiated between employer federations and unions, workers can feel free to ignore emails from their bosses that come in after hours, and employers are being …Click here to read this blog entry

Graphics Add-In Board report Q1 2014 - Charts and Images

Charts and Images for AIB Q1 2014 report Definitions The term “AIB” is an abbreviation for add-in board, also called a “card.” A “GPU” is the graphic processor unit on the AIB, also called the “chip.” Click here to read this news article

GPU shipments (MarketWatch) Q1 2014 - Charts and Images

As Figure 1 shows 2012 turned out to be a major inflection point in the history of the PC industry and resulted in fewer PCs and graphics chips shipping than in 2011—that is the first time that has happened since the Internet bubble meltdown in 2001. The data indicates …Click here to read this news article