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CG and CV are black holes for processing power

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 9th 2014 | Discuss

Too much, good enough—nonsense   Some of you reading this may know I’ve postulated a few axioms over the years, all of them about scale in one way or another. One of my favorites is my first: In computer graphics, too much is not enough—1981.

The PC isn’t dead—I told you so

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 27th 2014 | Discuss

What’s next? In terms of economic recovery, and overall growth trends, the PC market is a lot healthier than many others—  automobiles, for example. However, although the PC market recovered faster than autos, it got gob-smacked by the impact of tablets. Seeing the downturn in

We’ve crossed the line, and there’s no turning back

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 12th 2014 | Discuss

What’s in a name?  The Holy Grail in computer graphics is the suspension of disbelief—to tell such a convincing story with pixels that the viewer not only totally believes it, but thinks he or she is in it, a participant, voluntary or not. We&rsquo

Work anywhere any time

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 30th 2014 | Discuss

Share your GPU, use your colleagues We truly have entered the era of ubiquitous computing. It started in the 1960s with time-share computers, expanded in the late ’70s with the commercialization of the APRANET into the Internet, and further developed in mid-2000s as the concept of the cloud

Learning how to count

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 16th 2014 | Discuss

It would be a lot easier if you weren’t such a skeptic In mid-June, Intel said, due to stronger than expected demand for business PCs, it expects second-quarter revenue to be $13.7 billion, plus or minus $300 million, as compared to the previous range of $13.0 billion, plus or minus $500 million.

Trending up

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 15th 2014 | Discuss

I’m so glad we started doing these quarterly issues because it gives us the ability to look at trends over a three-month period and it also helps explain why our travel budgets are so high. What becomes most clear in this issue is that companies are looking for

The virtual Internet of thingies

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 1st 2014 | Discuss

When everything is connected, and all of the data those thingies collect is somehow stored, all the fabs in the world wouldn’t be able to make enough memory to hold all of the bits the sensors sense. However, there are a bunch of really smart people who can

Evolving graphics APIs

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 17th 2014 | Discuss

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

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

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,