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Evolving graphics APIs

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 17th 2014 | Discuss
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Waiting for the dust to settle All hell is going to break loose and the PC industry is going to go up in flames if another API war is launched. AMD, Apple, Khronos, Microsoft, EA, Crytek, and others are threatening to unravel all the work done over the past 15 years

Forget global warming—hell just froze over

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 3rd 2014 | Discuss
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Intel puts x86 in a rock Intel announced it entered into a strategic agreement with Rockchip to accelerate the rate at which Intel brings its architecture and communications-based solutions to the Android tablet market.  ROCKCHIP!?? Mali-based, ARM-loving little Fuzhou-based Rockchip Electronics—really?  Under the agreement, Rockchip, founded

Reality, it may highly overrated

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 18th 2014 | Discuss
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Enders Game, Rainbows End, and the Holodeck gave us the visions of our future altered reality. What we will actually experience when we get there will be none of the above, a lot of the above, and dramatically different. Gesture recognition, facial recognition, haptic feedback, voice recognition, personality recognition,

2020 computer graphics

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 6th 2014 | Discuss
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Computer graphics, CG, hasn’t always had 20/20 vision, although it has been inherently capable of it, given its quantized basis in mathematics and physics. Until just a few years ago, the I/O elements of a CG system were the constraining factors in creating the kind of high-quality graphics

Early or late, big or little, high or low?

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 15th 2014 | Discuss
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Where you are on the curve—depends on the product You’ve all seen the classic technology adoption curve (top right).  It’s OK, easy to understand, and to draw, but I think it’s wrong when it comes to computers (and I include smartphones

THE QUARTER IN REVIEW - Comin ‘round the corner

Posted by Kathleen Maher on April 9th 2014 | Discuss
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First Q down, three to go Sure don’t want to jinx anything, but a look at this issue suggests the industry is driving hard on the innovation front and in every imaginable direction, which is pretty typical for a first quarter. This is when you start laying the

A ramble of the past two weeks

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 1st 2014 | Discuss
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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,

What I did on my spring vacation

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 18th 2014 | Discuss
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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

Worth the trip?

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 4th 2014 | Discuss
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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

The incumbents

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 18th 2014 | Discuss
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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