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A ramble of the past two weeks

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 1st 2014 | Discuss
Tags: nvidia gdc vr project morpheus gtc mickey hart

We truly do live in exciting and interesting times We saw the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and then the GPU Technical Conference (GTC), and all sorts of associated events. At the GDC, the world was introduced to the Immersive Technology Alliance, got a look inside Mickey Hart’s brain, and was stunned by an insane acquisition.   GDC was notable for the many announcements and crazy demos. GDC is more of a PC gamer conference, unlike E3, which is a console gamer’s conference. The big news at GDC was Microsoft’s reaction announcement on DirectX12— it’s coming, no, really, next year, for sure.…

What I did on my spring vacation

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 18th 2014 | Discuss
Tags: hp cyberlink ibm sxsw aio

I started my spring vacation by going to Boston, where it was –37 degrees, and anything that had ever been moist or wet was now a solid block of permafrost. OK, maybe it wasn’t Helsinki temperatures, but it was damn cold for my weather-weeny California butt. So I stayed inside and took advantage of the flood of information HP was sharing at their annual analyst’s conference. I learned that HP is big, likes big systems with big data and even bigger service and support contracts. I learned that HP is trying to become IBM. (I think there’s anagram in there somewhere:…

Worth the trip?

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 4th 2014 | Discuss
Tags: ces techwatch mwc mobile world congress

Conferences are a big commitment. Why go? As we wave good-bye to Barcelona and the excitement, madness, and competition for space, food, lodging, upgrades, and air, … hold on, I didn’t have to do any of that—I didn’t go to MWC this year. No wonder I’m so relaxed, not jet-lagged, and haven’t had any weight increase. Barcelona is one of my favorite towns, filled with 1.6 million mostly happy Catalonians annexed to Spain and barely tolerating it. And like Amsterdam, the city seems to actually enjoy the unwashed masses that descend on it every February. It’s cool to cold in February,…

The incumbents

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 18th 2014 | Discuss
Tags: intel qualcomm soc arm mediatek

I want all of mine and some of yours. When markets have slow to negative growth, the only way a company can grow in them is to take market share from the other players. Consider the contests that are at work: • ARM is by far the leading RISC processor designer serving the mobile and TV markets as the incumbent leader. • Imagination technologies is the leading GPU IP provider serving the mobile and TV markets as the incumbent leader. • ARM was to take Imagination’s GPU business away with their IP GPU core. • Imagination wants to take away ARM’s…

Seeing more -  Is 8k enough?

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 4th 2014 | Discuss
Tags: ces peddie ultrahd techwatch 8k hdtv

Visual resolution or acuity is the spatial resolving capacity of the visual system—the ability of the eye to see fine detail. It is further defined as target detection, which only requires the perception of the presence or absence of an aspect of the stimuli, not the discrimination of target detail. So it’s binary—you either see something (think of two back dots on a white background, next to each other separated by a white space of the same diameter) or you don’t. When you can’t detect there are two dots, you’ve reached the limit of your acuity or visual perception. It’s Shannon’s…

Long-distance vision - What about 2020?

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 21st 2014 | Discuss
Tags: peddie cg moor's law

My pal and fellow conspirator in pretending to be part of a think tank, Brad Holtz, asked me to opine on 2020. You want my opinions about good vision?, I asked, never really sure where Brad’s coming from. No, you idiot, he said, the year 2020, but I guess you’d have to have pretty good vision to see that far, and then he almost hurt himself laughing at his own cleverness. Hmm, what would 2020 computer graphics look like? Computer graphics, CG, hasn’t always had 20/20 vision, although it has been inherently capable of it, given its quantized basis in mathematics…

Wear this, now

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 6th 2014 | Discuss
Tags: apple qualcomm google rockchip wearables archos zte nike

You’re getting wearables, so be happy In addition to Apple, Archos, Basis, Casio, Emopulse, Epson, LG, Martian, Nike, Pebble, Qualcomm, Rockchip, Samsung Electronics, Sony, and ZTE launching new smartwatch wearable devices in 2014, don’t forget the fitness units from Adidas, FitBit, Fraunhofer (FitnessSHIRT), iRiver, JawBone, and Nike, as well as the glasses from Google, Ion, Meta, and Opinvent, Rocketchip, and an expected entry from Samsung.  Few companies (two maybe, Apple and Sony) can introduce new products consumers haven’t asked for. We see the wearable surge at CES similar to the 3DTV surge, the 4K UHD surge, and the mobile DTV surge—attention-getting…

Metal Machine Music

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 2nd 2014 | Discuss
Tags: facebook google maher metal machine music china

2013 is the year the computer began to fade away, just like Tinker Bell when all the little children stopped believing in her, just like Santa Claus, who once he is done with his trip goes into hibernation for 10 months. We’re writing almost as much about mobile devices and technology for cars, glasses, and wristwatches as we are about graphics chips, boards, and PCs. No, they’re not gone yet, yes we’re still chained to the damned things, but their hold is weakening. That’s not to say we’re getting our freedom—in the end, we may well have less. Now, we’re just…

One OS, all platforms—yeah, right

Posted by Jon Peddie on December 3rd 2013 | Discuss
Tags: microsoft peddie flops ibm x-box unix x86 os

How many times do we have to see this movie—its got a bad ending  Sometimes I think the overpaid geniuses at Microsoft live in a cave, seldom seeing daylight, no contact with the outside world, and totally unaware of what happened last week, last year, last decade, and before that. Every so often they push the big rock blocking their cave’s entrance, designed to keep marauding strangers and curious elves out, and toss their latest idea, product, pronouncement, or (ahem) initiative out. It rolls down the hill, like other things that roll down a hill, and plops at the gate of…

Qualcomm moves to 4K with Snapdragon 805 - Adds console features and new LTE companion modem

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 21st 2013 | Discuss
Tags: qualcomm opengl iphone google adreno android snapdrogan

The mobile world is moving at lightning speed as it adds features for movies, gaming, and even content creation. As JPR has been saying, 4K and console quality graphics for mobile is not the new frontier, it’s next gen, and Qualcomm Technologies’ latest chip is poised to deliver. Qualcomm Technologies has introduced the new Snapdragon 805, expanding the already widely popular Snapdragon applications processor SoC family, and promises to change the landscape of mobile entertainment systems and communications. The new SoC has an advanced Adreno GPU, the 420, which Qualcomm says delivers 40 percent more performance than its last generation GPU.…