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VeriSilicon to Acquire Vivante

October 13th 2015

VeriSilicon Holdings Co., a Shanghai-based provider of IPs and custom silicon design services, announced Monday (Oct. 12) a definitive agreement to acquire Vivante Corp., a Santa Clara-based embedded GPU IP vendor, in an all-stock transaction.The two companies — both privately held — declined to disclose the terms of the deal, but said the combined company’s revenue, as of December 31, 2014, was more than $180 million. Adding Vivante’s GPU cores and vision image processors is critical for VeriSilicon to expand its customer base and enter the automotive market, perceived by many in the chip industry these days as one of the hottest segments. Read more on the acquisition HERE.

Will VR reverse the discrete GPU trend?

Techwatch October 7th 2015

Discrete GPU shipments have been in decline for some time, as software to take advantage of their power lags and Moore’s Law let free- GPUs, those integrated GPUs that come with the processor and aren’t charged for, catch up and run three- and four-year-old apps pretty well. Seems most folks are happy with three- or four-year-old apps, and operating systems, too—if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?  Today’s high-end GPUs are acceptable if they can run a game at 30 frames a second (fps). Sixty fps would be

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 compute 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 asked to 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

The next great era of computing started yesterday

My mom figures everyone who works in the high-tech industry must know each other. She’ll ask if I know Julia O’Conner’s daughter, “She works in computers out there.” I don’t even know Julia O’Conner, but my mom sees Click here to read this blog entry

New honors for old friends

The Scientific and Technical Academy Awards honor long proven No one comments on what they wore, and most moviegoers don’t realize what their work actually entails, but the winners of the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards make movie history as surely as did Marilyn Monroe. As usual, there Click here to read this blog entry