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The IP companies creep toward an SoC

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 21st 2015 | Discuss
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To build a truly heterogeneous SoC, you need at least four processors The announcement of ViriSilicon’s acquisition of Vivante heats up the IP space, and puts pressure on Synopsys (which recently acquire Virlogic, which previously acquired ARC) to get a GPU, and ViriSilicon to get a CPU, so

THE QUARTER IN REVIEW

Posted by Kathleen Maher on October 21st 2015 | Discuss
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Welcome to Q3. The last quarter seemed to a high point for irrational exuberance and experimentation. It was a quarter when everyone seemed to be looking for new business, any kind of new business. Companies are living in a time of optimism, yet they’re also see¬ing

Will VR reverse the discrete GPU trend?

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 7th 2015 | Discuss
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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

Summer’s over

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 23rd 2015 | Discuss
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Let’s start buying stuff The fed didn’t raise interest rates because the economy and inflation are flat. China’s artificially stimulated and misrepresented growth is off (even China couldn’t hide it this time). Russia is taking over everything from Ukraine to Syria, and

The brave new world of being a packet

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 9th 2015 | Discuss
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Google understands packets better than any, any, company on the planet. If you have trouble with that statement, go back to the sports page or People, and skip this.  Google is developing an autonomous, cute, small, bug-like four-wheel vehicle with an electric propulsion system and a zillion computers and

How virtual is

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 25th 2015 | Discuss
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AR lets you move; VR is restricted because you can’t see the real world and so you bump into things. Sitting still in a planetarium or movie is not VR just because things are in 3D, or offer a 180-degree FOV (field of vision). To be VR it

Doom and gloom in mobile phone land

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 11th 2015 | Discuss
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They’ll love you forever, until they don’t …  I remember, not too long ago, when Qualcomm was the darling of Wall Street, the prince of processors, the regal radio rogue, the king of the hill and the towers on the hill—until they weren

Fearing the small

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 28th 2015 | Discuss
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I was thinking about the Pluto flyby and a comment made by an older gentleman that he doubted we would see as much technological progress as he had, having seen the Wright Brothers (when he was 17) to the moon landing (when he was 84). I think the developments are just as

The spring refresh

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 21st 2015 | Discuss
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In the land of technology, the second quarter isn’t so much about spring as it is about laying plans, getting ready, and marshalling forces. Traditionally, the commercial spring refresh is about updating and spiffing up products, and getting them out the door to clear the decks for summer

What is it that’s so exciting about VR?

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 15th 2015 | Discuss
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The military has been using VR to train soldiers, pilots, ship captains, and tank drivers for over a decade. Surgeons have practiced using VR HMDs even longer. It’s not new, nor novel. But for some reason, when Facebook bet $2 billion U.S. dollars on Oculus, all of a