Jon Peddie Blogs

20 Pounds of AR

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 21st 2014 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, VIZ-SIM,
Tags: iphone pixels ar

”Good morning sir, and welcome to Waltmar,” the smiling older gentleman with wavy silver hair said, his false teeth shining in the sunlight, ” how can we help you today? We’re having a sale on 720p pixels, and there’s still some DVDs left if

There’s going to over 2 million happy kids this holiday

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 26th 2013 | Permalink
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Microsoft and Sony set new sales records Was there a pent up demand for a new gen console? Duh, you think so? Prior to the announcement that MS and Sony were going to do a gen 8 console, shortly after Nintendo announced the Wii U, console sale dipped even further. Who

Is It Up or Down? Depends on How & What You Count

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 14th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, General Interest,
Tags: jon peddie pc idc gartner pc shipments pc industry

Gartner and IDC last week (Oct. 9) released their measurements of the PC industry. The dueling giant research firms have never agreed on the exact number. If they did, one of them would become instantly redundant, but they are close enough. IDC's count at 81.61 million is 1.7 percent higher than Gartner'

Trends and Forecasts in Computer Graphics— power-efficient rendering

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 1st 2013 | Permalink
Categories: General Interest,
Tags: apple qualcomm opengl es tiling pixar computer graphics imagination technologies opensubdivision power management deferred rendering

This is the second in a series of observations about computer graphics (CG) trends, opportunities, and challenges.  (the first installment can be found at http://jonpeddie.com/blogs/comments/trends-and-forecasts-in-computer-graphics/ )   Introduction Today’s mobile processors are improving at an astonishing rate – and consequently delivering visually stunning

Seeing more

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 6th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Mobile,
Tags: mobile tablets pixels ppi screen

Tablets have screen sizes from 7-inches to 20-inches and sell for $70 to over $1,200. They have PPI ranging from 132 to 339. Factoring that data for some of the more popular devices we produced the following chart of the cost per megapixel.   Ironically, the lowest cost tablet, the 7-inch Ematic ($75) got the

Trends and Forecasts in Computer Graphics

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 19th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: General Interest, New product showcase,
Tags: apple mobile khronos trends api forecast

A new semi-regular series Having just finished a book on the history of computer graphics I’ve decided to be Janus and also look at the future, which seems appropriate because that’s where we’re all going to end up. Over the next few months I

Nvidia’s “Core” business

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 19th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Engineering and Development,
Tags: nvidia tegra kepler ip titan

Nvidia introduces a new business unit targeted at the other billion opportunities Nvidia has been involved with embedded, semi-custom and IP sales for special customers like Sony, Microsoft, Intel and Audi for several years, so they are no stranger to the idea, or the issues in supporting such customers. In

Microsoft unveils AMD-powered Xbox One

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 22nd 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Games,
Tags: amd radeon apu x-box

I want one! Microsoft announced its new Xbox, the follow-on to its Xbox 360. This is the next-generation game console, like Sony’s new PS4, but Microsoft is positioning it as the center of the (your) home entertainment system. The Xbox One is as much about playing movies and music,

Qualcomm’s powerful new HPU the S4

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 7th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Engineering and Development,
Tags: gpu qualcomm snapdragon krait simd adreno hexagon dsp s4 processor

Initially leveraging a 28nm process from TSMC, Qualcomm has announced its Snapdragon S4 class of processors, of which the first member is the MSM8960 with an Adreno 225 GPU. The new 1.5 GHz processor (S4 will scale up to 2.5GHz) has Qualcomm’s micro-architectural design with four independent, proprietary ARM Cortex

HP — breaking up the place

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 23rd 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, The Market,
Tags: hp, apotheker, psg, rick belluzzo, dell, hp, workstation,

HP’s Personal System group, PSG, is a $41 billion dollar company. It is, IMHO, a jewel, but I may be a bit biased because I have a lot of old friends there. And, like any large organization, it’s not just one thing. In macro scale it&rsquo

AMD, ARM, and all that jazz — reading between the lines will make you cross-eyed

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 3rd 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Engineering and Development,
Tags: amd, gpu, fusion, x86, fsail, arm,

There have been persistent rumors, opinions, and speculation since AMD’s Fusion Developer’s Summit (AFDS) that because ARM was one of the keynote speakers a grand collusion was in the works—the ARMing of AMD.The concept gets fuel from the abrupt discharge of Dirk Meyer,

Tablets — the canary in the PC tunnel?

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 11th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, The Market,
Tags: apple tablets economy

The second quarter by all accounts so far has not been a blockbuster, in fact in some places it’s been a career buster. The DJIA wobbled, not many new jobs were created, and the politics in the US got even more rancorous if such a thing is possible.

WebGL Security - Kill it before it grows?

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 29th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Content Creation, Mobile,
Tags: 3d opengl khronos microsoft webgl security shaders browsers context

When Khronos launched the WebGL specifications with strong backing from Mozilla, Google, Apple and Opera we thought at least peace had come to the 3D web valley. We should have known better; seems that there are competing vested interests in proprietary software and plug-ins that will put a few bumps

Getting vertical – what Nvidia’s acquisition of Icera means

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 9th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Engineering and Development,
Tags: nvidia, gpu, icrea, 3g modem, 4g modem, tsmc, tegra

Nvidia announced the acquisition of UK-based maker of baseband chips for 3G and 4G handsets, Icrea for $367 million in cash. This is a really big deal – not for the purchase price but for the impact it’s going to have on the industry. Now the playing field in

What is a PC?

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 28th 2011 | Permalink
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The debate continues among suppliers, analysts, pundits, and web forum participants as to whether tablets (specifically the Apple iPad) should be counted as a PC or not. From our perspective the issue is defined (if it can be) by the processor. Fragmentation is finally affecting the PC market. Options such

Calling all old pixel pushers

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 17th 2011 | Permalink
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I'm proud to say that I have been elected president of the Siggraph Pioneers for 2011 and 2012.My first act in this role is to invite new members to the organization.If you've been involved with computer graphics for the past 20 years or more you're eligible, and you should join us.

Nvidia looks good

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 11th 2011 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, The Market,
Tags: nvidia tegra tesla nvidia optimus nvidia tegra nvidia settlement nvidia vs. intel

Nvidia like many companies in the past two years has gone through some dramatic and bruising changes. How a company comes out of those events is the key to predicting their future.I’m not going to review the past, if you don’t know it, you probably

The tablet bubble – a billion dollar lemmings race

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 7th 2011 | Permalink
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Or ... a bunch of teenagers drinking and driving The impact and influence of Apple on the rest of the PC and mobile phone industry is astonishing. Many of the CES tablets this year represent the herd-like knee-jerk reactions to Apple’s product introductions by industry veterans. As a result

Intel, tick tocking away

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 1st 2011 | Permalink
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Intel had a solid year of shipping 32nm processors from their Westmere family and followed the company’s “tick-tock” strategy to spread the engineering risk out among generations. Intel has new competition on the low-end from ARM and ARM’s new best friend Microsoft and on

AMD Poised For Growth

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 1st 2011 | Permalink
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It’s been just over a year since Intel and AMD reached their landmark settlement, and two years since the company entered into a joint agreement with ATIC on the fab. Those were huge movements involving huge sums of money and they take a long time to be digested.

Tough to beat free

Posted by Jon Peddie on December 24th 2010 | Permalink
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Microsoft started it a long long time ago, and now Microsoft may now be the biggest victim of it – giving stuff away. When Microsoft was striving for market share with its operating system, and later with its applications like Office, it established the policy of adding programs that were

Apple gains market share – really?

Posted by Jon Peddie on December 9th 2010 | Permalink
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I don’t think so. According to DisplaySearch (a division of NPD that  counts screens shipments), Apple captured a 12.4% share of global mobile PC shipments in Q3’10, benefiting from the iPad effect. In other words, because Apple shipped a lot of iPads the company’s market

Playing at War

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 28th 2010 | Permalink
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I got Activision's "Call of Duty – Black Ops" (CODBO) and EA's "Medal of Honor" (MOH) a couple of weeks ago, but due to travel schedules didn’t get a chance to try them until late last week, so I’m behind every reviewer in the world, but

Market Expansion? ISV’s hold the reins

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 31st 2010 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Engineering and Development,
Tags: market software isv semiconductor

The major volume and/or super expensive software suppliers have had a free lunch for the past fifteen or more years. Basically making bug fixes and a few feature improvements they got performance boasts from CPU clock and pipeline improvements, plus I/O improvements, and dropping DRAM and disc drive

Gaming PCs and consoles; those damn numbers

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 24th 2010 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Games,
Tags: pc gaming console gaming gaming machines game developers console shipments pcs vs. consoles

Someone said you can make statistics prove anything you want and that person is right. It all comes down to what you use for definitions of the item under scrutiny.  It also has to do with how you count things. The PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA) recently put out a

Quadrillions and Quadrillions of Cycles

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 24th 2010 | Permalink
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The number of processors, both x86 and GPU, available for rendering has been increasing exponentially. Rendering is one of the applications that can soak up all the cycles that are available to it, which is an example of Peddie’s first law – In computer graphics, too much is

The New Visualization

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 10th 2010 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, VIZ-SIM,
Tags: nvidia amd ati radeon quadro eyefinity add-in-boards evans & sutherland 3d surround large scale visualization

In order to design automobiles, airplanes, search for oil (or contain it), and examine artifacts like a 2000-year-old mummy, large scale visualization systems are needed.Visualization system can mean different things to different people so a little definition is required to avoid confusion and controversy.I make a distinction between

Nintendo goes with DMP for S3D graphics engine

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 20th 2010 | Permalink
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Today, DMP announced in Japan that Nintendo has adopted DMP OpenGL ES 1.1 compliant PICA200 for the 3DS. The new Nintendo 3DS is an amazing little device. The DS has already been a beloved machine attracting over 100 million users since 2004. Not many products (that I can think of, at least)

E3 Press event – press need not attend

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 16th 2010 | Permalink
Categories: General Interest, Show reports,
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Against my better judgment I went to E3 two days early so I could attend the “press events” of the console companies. These events are often associated with some form (ahem) of entertainment. They are also oversubscribed, overcrowded, and usually uninformative. Why then are these megamillion dollar extravaganzas

Playing with six monitors—is that a “full deck?”

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 8th 2010 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Content Creation,
Tags: amd ati mt. tiburon testing eyefinity multi-monitor

Here at Mt. Tiburon Testing Labs we're testing a lot of stuff as usual. However, the one system that will get a lot of attention from us and our readers is the six-headed ATI-based EyeFinity. The system consists of six 22-inch 1920 x 1080 displays - yes, that's 5760 x 2160 resolution in a 3

Jon’s tortuous path to the iPhone

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 11th 2010 | Permalink
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I proudly consider myself a geek and an early adopter. When the slick N95 from Nokia first came out I knew I had to have one. The unit wasn't yet available in the United States, but that wasn't going to be a problem for me. My colleague and longtime friend's

Intel Will Never Buy Nvidia

Posted by Jon Peddie on December 9th 2009 | Permalink
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Someone just sent me an email and asked if I thought Intel might buy Nvidia now that Larrabee is dead. I would have just answered it and then disregarded it if I hadn't gotten a phone call asking the same dumb question. Intel won't buy Nvidia for the following reasons:

Larrabee past, present, future

Posted by Jon Peddie on December 6th 2009 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Engineering and Development,
Tags: amd intel larrabee cpus gpus

"Larrabee silicon and software development are behind where we hoped to be at this point in the project," said Intel spokesperson Nick Knupffe. "As a result, our first Larrabee product will not be launched as a standalone discrete graphics product." (December 4, 2009.) After three years of bombast, Intel shocked the world

Nvidia and Starting the Next Age of Super Computing

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 7th 2009 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Engineering and Development,
Tags: nvidia opencl directx cuda fermi compute

“I believe that we need something big and new every four years or so.” – Jen Hsun Huang Nvidia has been planning to be in the super computer business for the past three years. The company has had stellar growth since the internet melt down in 2001, and it

Siggraph!

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 10th 2009 | Permalink
Categories: General Interest, Show reports,
Tags: graphics siggraph jon peddie rendering

For a recession, in an off-the-beaten-track southern city, in the dead of summer, Siggraph had a robust turnout, My guess was that about 18k pixel-loving souls made the trek, but the actual count was a little over 11k. I saw a lot of old friends, some from Japan, some

Chaos in stereovision land

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 28th 2009 | Permalink
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This is moment of great opportunity I’ve been attending and speaking at stereovision conferences for the past year or so. As a matter of fact, I just spent three days in Paris at the Dimension3 Conference and Expo where there was a lot of great information shared by

My life on free; why Gutenberg and a bunch of monks are rolling in their graves

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 24th 2009 | Permalink
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Let me tell what I did for a few hours today. I opened up a short story I wrote seven years ago. I used Open Office Writer, a free and very powerful, fully compatible, word-processor to do do my edits. Then I went to Wordpress and registered for a blog

Rating of AIBs and motherboards and the new consumer

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 20th 2009 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Benchmarking,
Tags: nvidia amd aib motherboards benchmarking

We have all seen the excellent work various web site and analysts (including us) have done over the years in comparing the latest graphics AIBs, and more recently the new graphics enabled motherboards. Some have been more thorough than others, but all contain performance measurements from 3Dmark/Vantage and/or

Ion arrives

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 7th 2009 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, The Market,
Tags: nvidia acer notebooks lowcost pc

We have just learned that the illegitimate, and subsequently abandoned child of Creüsa, daughter of Erechtheus and wife of Xuthus, Ion, has been seen in Taiwan hiding in a slick looking blue box that… What?  Oh. Never mind, wrong Ion. Let’s start over.  

The hammer falls – Intel hits AMD and Nvidia – who’s next?

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 18th 2009 | Permalink
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Intel hits AMD and Nvidia 64-bit x86 could be withdrawn -  this is MAD. Remember all those clever comments about how Intel is a hammer so everything looks like a nail to them? Well the hammer is smacking its competitors. First up was VIA who just threw in the

I love Stereovision – I hate stereovision

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 4th 2009 | Permalink
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I'm all for anything that will make gaming more fun. For the past ten years that has been primarily more better’er GPUs and APIs to be able to get at them. Great sound with true 5.1 positioning came online and added life to games around five years ago. About

The Blu ray factor: If Microsoft come out with a BD accessory, where’s Sony’s advantage?

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 8th 2009 | Permalink
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First off let me make it clear I am not a Sony basher, I like Sony, and I love the PS3. I also like Microsoft and the Xbox360. Sony has said they won’t drop the price of the PS3, and has even stopped building the lower cost smaller

Intel’ s Core i7 is FAST but getting there isn’t

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 19th 2008 | Permalink
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I was invited to the Intel Core i7 victory lap party in way, way downtown south of the biotech area that’s exploding in San Francisco known as the dogpatch, is an area filled with old warehouses now used by film and art studios, and a few software development

New Laptops defy dim market expectations

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 17th 2008 | Permalink
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Figure 1: Market share of laptop and desktop PCs. (Source: Jon Peddie Research) Figure 2: Market share of laptop and desktop GPUs. (Source; Jon Peddie Research) Figure 3: Market share of laptop GPUs (IGP and Discrete). (Source: Jon Peddie Research) There were some interesting announcements last week in Laptop Land as the manufacturers

Nvidia laid off?

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 25th 2008 | Permalink
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Having been in this industry almost as long as Gordon Moore and Jerry Sanders I have gotten to know a lot of people in it. And having known Nvidia since before it was Nvidia, I have gotten to know every single employee in the company and all who once worked

Larry’s Bee - Part Two

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 7th 2008 | Permalink
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Last week I posed a postulate that Intel could justify the investment in Larrabee (Larry’s Bee) on the basis of obtaining some level of parity with the incumbents, mainly ATI and Nvidia. And in my rush to post and then catch an airplane, I included the total discrete graphics

Why not Larrabee?

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 1st 2008 | Permalink
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Anyone not stuck in outer space or maximum security knows Intel is going to introduce a new chip code named Larrabee. At Siggraph they are going to reveal, after almost two years of teases and leaks, the architecture of the device. It is not a GPU as many have mistakenly

Paranoid protectionists Prima Donnas of the press plead for protection

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 9th 2008 | Permalink
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We recently sent out about a zillion invites to the press to invite them to our luncheon in LA during Siggraph. Aside from finding out who’s not working (out of the office till…) and who’s not employed (permanent failure party does not exist) we also learned that there’

iPhone breaks Moore’s law

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 5th 2008 | Permalink
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My new phone cost more than my PC or TV I’m getting ready to buy the iPhone. I mean buy it, not lease it from AT&T. I’ve been saving my allowance, and taking bottles and cans to the recyclers, and I’m getting close to the $700 needed

Attempted rapprochement

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 20th 2008 | Permalink
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Rumor has it there was an attempt at rapprochement. Long annoyed with The Inquirer’s loose cannon Charlie Demerjian, Nvidia has been shunning him and took him off the invitee list of most events. Water to a duck in the case of Charlie, he has so many sources the only

This is a rant about spin - Intel extends command in fast-computers tally

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 18th 2008 | Permalink
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The annual supercomputer conference was just held in Dresden Germany. At it they show off the top 500 supercomputers. Usually there are two or three new ones at the top and the rest shift downward till they fall off. Look at how the AP reported this event: Intel extends command in

How many FLOPS?

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 24th 2008 | Permalink
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FLoating point Operations Per Second – FLOPS, one of the more obscure acronyms in our lives, and one of the oldest ones. It’s since been modified with a prefix of M (mega), G (giga) and most recently T (tera). A Terra is a million millions, one trillion (1012) a whole lot

Moore’s law violated by inflation – your new laptop will cost more

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 22nd 2008 | Permalink
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Another contributor to sluggish PC sales for this year Even though one of the applied tenants of Moore’s law is that prices will drop over time (Moore never said that, it’s just a statement that has been applied to his original observation about feature size shrinkage over time),

Come together ... over me

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 20th 2008 | Permalink
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Common people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another - for a while… We’re getting closer to the dream, the vision, of ubiquity mutual connectivity in the home – and maybe beyond a bit. My vision, since 1999, has been that everything in the home

Educating the next crop of engineers

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 7th 2008 | Permalink
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As I pondered this ponderous title and the challenge it represents for me to lead the round table at COFES it got me thinking about how we learn. Studies have shown that children learn fast and do so until they become 19 to 20 years old, then their brains become less flexible

Special Glass

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 30th 2008 | Permalink
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Actually this entry should be named Special Plastic, because we don’t really use glass in our displays anymore do we? But we do specialize because one size doesn’t fit all (needs.) I have eight screens that I use. I watch TV on my 32-inch LG LCD

Is this a test?

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 28th 2008 | Permalink
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I once had a cat named Alice. She was great company when I was working late at night, or very early in the morning. I would talk to her and she would look at me attentively, and sometimes answer with a little meow. During WWII Alan Turing developed the Turing

SLI on Skulltrail – how?

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 15th 2008 | Permalink
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That’s what I wanted to know – how’d you get SLI to work on the 5444 chipset. I asked the folks at Intel. I got shrugged shoulders and apologetic smiles. Not being coy, the people I was talking to just didn’t know, but did, in

What’s Apple’s next trick? Jon thinks it’s gamey

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 7th 2008 | Permalink
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Apple, which used to be known as Apple Computer, is today possibly one of the greatest consumer electronics companies in the universe. It's interesting and admirable how the Mac transitioned from the computer of choice for artists and photographers to a consumers delight, and didn't lose any of its artist

Ink — I love ink

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 23rd 2008 | Permalink
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Electronic ink or electronic paper (e-paper) was developed in the 1970s by Nick Sheridon at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center and it was called Gyricon. Its technical name is electrophoretic display meaning a display that forms visible images by rearranging charged pigment particles (i.e., powder like substances) using an