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Worth the trip?

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

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.…

Seasonality - Although it often seems to be lost, it still exists

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 20th 2013 | Discuss
Tags: nvidia amd intel pc shipments seasonality discrete graphics

We’ve been tracking PC graphics, and PC shipments since the late 1980s. As a result, we have some fantastic historical data. One of the things we used to observe was the seasonality of shipments: shipments would drop in Q2, rise in Q3 and Q4, and wiggle or drop a little in Q1, but the overall trend was up. Then the world ended in 2008—actually, it also ended in 2000, so let’s take a look back then first. When the Internet bubble burst in 2000, the tidy seasonality curve started to wobble. Then, when the banks’ greedy derivatives bubble burst and the…

Are we suffering a confidence gap?

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 9th 2013 | Discuss
Tags: peddie pc gaming 4k pixel 4k tv consumer confidence gap

We seem to be an industry of extremes, and short memories When Apple started the tablet craze, the industry was doubtul. The commenting classes dismissed it as a big iPhone and called it a loser, until they didn’t after seeing the phenomenal sales. Proving once again the pundits don’t really know what consumers want after all, despite all their authoritative statements. Now they tell us the PC is dead, PC gaming is dead, consoles are dead, TV is dead, and as far as I can tell, everything except smartphones are dead or dying. Never mind that millions of the dead things…