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JPR releases the 2012 CAD Report

Posted by Robert Dow on November 29th 2011 | Permalink
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The CAD Market was worth approximately $5 billion in 2009. It reached $6.4 in 2010 and $7 billion in 2011. The industry is rebounding from the recession but there have been hiccups. There is going to be some stop and go in early 2012, but the CAD industry, with new markets and new platforms including tablets, is poised for growth -- the fresh, green shoots, new business kind of growth. Read more on our new CAD report HERE.

The release of the Kindle Fire sets up price drop for tablet market

Posted by Robert Dow on November 28th 2011 | Permalink
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Several tablet PC players including RIM, HTC, Lenovo, and ViewSonic, have dropped their 7-inch tablet PC prices to compete against Amazon's Kindle Fire, priced at US$199. RIM has recently cooperated with Best Buy to offer its 7-inch 16GB PlayBook at a price of US$199, down from US$499 originally. Meanwhile, the price of HTC's 7-inch Android 2.3-based Flyer tablet PC has dropped to US$299.

3D Systems to Acquire Z Corp and Vidar

Posted by Robert Dow on November 21st 2011 | Permalink
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3D Systems Corporation took a big leap today by acquiring Z Corporation and Vidar Systems for $137 million in cash. In one move 3D Systems doubles its reseller channel and fills gaps in its three-tier product line strategy for 3D printing. Read more about the transactions and 3D Systems strategy HERE.

ACER technology featured in new innovative web video

Posted by Robert Dow on November 17th 2011 | Permalink
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ACER was kind enough to give us a look at their new H7531D DLP projector. A local band Midi-Matilda was able to take the projector and make a catchy original video that is quickly becoming a local web sensation. See how they were able to take ACER technology couple it with stop action and some imagination to create a unique innovative video HERE.

HP Unveils Its First Ultrabook

Posted by Robert Dow on November 16th 2011 | Permalink
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HP today introduced Folio, its first business Ultrabook, which features a thin and light design. The new laptop in the Ultrabook class measures less than 18mm with a 13.3-inch display and weighs in at 3.3 pounds. HP designed impressive security options into the business Ultrabook and also features a Solid State drive and up to 9 hours of battery life. You can watch more on Folio HERE.

Nvidia unveils Maximus

Posted by Robert Dow on November 14th 2011 | Permalink
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Today Nvidia releases Maximus technology, a new way to simultaneously harness the computation power in both an Nvidia Quadro graphics processing unit (GPU) and an Nvidia Tesla general-purpose GPU. Nvidia claims—and major vendors agree—that Maximus is the next step in bringing the benefits of Moore’s Law to the professional graphics desktop. Read more on Maximus HERE.

Tudor Brown, ARM co-founder, to step down

Posted by Robert Dow on November 11th 2011 | Permalink
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ARM president Tudor Brown announced on Thursday that he will be stepping down in May. ARM has shipped more than 15 billion chips “based on ARM-processor technology” since the company was founded in 1990. “I am very proud to have been so closely involved in building ARM to be the highly successful and respected company that it is today,” said Mr. Brown said in a statement.

Adobe Restructures to Align Business around Growth Opportunities

Posted by Robert Dow on November 9th 2011 | Permalink
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Adobe announced today that it is restructuring to better align resources around Digital Media and Digital Marketing. This will result in the elimination of approximately 750 full-time positions primarily in North America and Europe. Adobe also confirmed that it will cease Flash development on mobile devices in favor of the Adobe Air platform and HTML5. Read more HERE.

Autodesk cherry-picks GRIP Entertainment for game AI technology

Posted by Robert Dow on November 7th 2011 | Permalink
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Autodesk today acquired specific technology-related assets and hired some employees from GRIP Entertainment, a privately-held artificial intelligence (AI) game middleware company. The acquisition continues the Autodesk strategy to create a complete pipeline for the creation of believable interactive characters for games. Read more on the acquisition HERE.

Calxeda ARM-based “EnergyCore” to Power HP’s Extreme Low-Energy Server

Posted by Robert Dow on November 2nd 2011 | Permalink
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The EnergyCore ARM-based SoC launched today will power a new breed of servers. Its ARM-based “EnergyCore” Server-on-a-Chip, consumes as little as 1.5 watts. HP is the first company to incorporate Calxeda’s EnergyCore SoCs into servers announcing its design into it's Redstone Server Development Platform. You can read more on Calexda's new processor and HP HERE.