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Our Q3’14 Quarterly Review is now available for download..!

Posted by Robert Dow on October 30th 2014 | Discuss (0)
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We have compiled some of our best articles, reviews and editorials from the 3rd quarter 2014 and made them available in a new quarterly review. The best of TechWatch Q3'14 includes articles on Intel's Broadwell, AMD Kaveri A-Series APUs and Nvidia's new Maxwell GPUs, and much more. Subscribers can download the Quarterly on the TechWatch product page - HERE.

JPR’s first Virtualization Conference today

Posted by Robert Dow on October 28th 2014 | Discuss (0)
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Intel and Nvidia lead an impressive list of industry leaders that are taking part and sponsoring the upcoming remote graphics and Virtualization Conference. The conference is taking place today at the Hyatt Regency at San Francisco airport. The Conference will provide real world guidance to industry professionals looking for ways to achieve more efficiency in their organizations through remote graphics and virtualization technologies. The conference will feature talks and panel discussions from people who are making virtualization work, and demos from companies who can make it happen. Read more on our speaker line up, Agenda and Register on our EVENT PAGE…

2014 JPR SIGGRAPH Luncheon panel discussion: Virtulization comes to the Entertainment Industry

Posted by Robert Dow on October 27th 2014 | Discuss (0)
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If you were unable to attend the JPR Luncheon at SIGGRAPH you can watch the panel discussion on Virtulization comes to the Entertainment Industry. Available HERE.

The latest edition of Tech Watch is available

Posted by Robert Dow on October 21st 2014 | Permalink
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The October 21st issue of TechWatch is now available, You can read Jon's back-page editorial, It’s time to get excited about 4K and check out the TOC HERE.

JPR sets Virtualize conference speaker line-up

Posted by Robert Dow on October 16th 2014 | Discuss (0)
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We have announced the line-up of speakers for Virtualize, the one-day conference on virtualization and remote graphics technology. The conference will be October 30, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel SFO at San Francisco airport. The Virtualize Conference will provide real world guidance to industry professionals looking for ways to achieve more efficiency in their organizations through remote graphics and virtualization technologies. The conference will feature talks and panel discussions from people who are making virtualization work, and demos from companies who can make it happen. Read more on our speaker line up, Agenda and Register on our Event Page…

Lisa Su takes the reigns at AMD, Rory Read steps down

Posted by Robert Dow on October 8th 2014 | Discuss (0)
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After successfully turning the company around Rory hands the controls to technologist Lisa Su. Watch for AMD to make an ever bigger move into the embedded market.

HP To Separate Into Two

Posted by Robert Dow on October 6th 2014 | Discuss (0)
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HP today announced plans to separate into two new publicly traded Fortune 50 companies: one comprising HP’s market-leading enterprise technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, which will do business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and one that will comprise HP’s market-leading personal systems and printing businesses, which will do business as HP Inc. and retain the current logo. Immediately following the transaction, which is expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2015, HP shareholders will own shares of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.

Announcing Virtualize, JPR’s Remote Graphics and Virtualization Conference

Posted by Robert Dow on September 19th 2014 | Permalink
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The Virtualize Conference, OCT 30 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, is designed to give real-world guidance to industry professionals who are looking for ways to achieve more efficiency, productivity and resource management in their organizations through the use of virtualization technologies. The conference will feature talks and panel discussions from people who are making virtualization work in their organizations including large operations such as Boeing and GE, entertainment companies such as Dreamworks and ILM, and in small and medium businesses who want to make better use of their resources. Learn more about the Virtualize Conference HERE

Workstation market breaks out to record-setting quarter in Q2’14

Posted by Robert Dow on September 9th 2014 | Permalink
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The Q2'14 Market Quarterly Edition of our Workstation Report Series is now available for download. Q2'14 saw record levels for both unit volume and revenue. Worldwide, the industry shipped approximately 1.05 million workstations in the second quarter, corresponding to growth of 10.8% sequentially and 11.5%, year-over-year (YoY).

Workstation market breaks out to record-setting quarter in Q2’14

Posted by Robert Dow on September 8th 2014 | Permalink
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JPR reports the workstation industry achieved record levels for both unit volume and revenue. Worldwide, the industry shipped approximately 1.05 million workstations in the second quarter, corresponding to growth of 10.8% sequentially and 11.5%, year-over-year "With economic conditions more robust, and without the same threat of encroachment from tablets that has depressed PC shipments, we had been expecting some kind of meaningful thrust forward at some point," explains Senior Analyst and JPR Workstation Report author Alex Herrera.

New AMD FirePro models debut

Posted by Robert Dow on September 3rd 2014 | Permalink
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4K display outputs now included on all workstation-class boards. At Siggraph AMD unveiled new additions to the FirePro professional graphics family with larger memory configurations, top to bottom 4K display support, increased compute performance, application certifications, and new drivers. At the top of the pile is AMD’s FirePro W9100, introduced in May of this year with 16 GB GDDR5, and AMD FirePro W8100 graphics, announced in late June. At Siggraph the company rolled out the FirePro W2100, W4100, and W5100 and the new Tahiti-based FirePro W7100. - See more at: GraphicSpeak

AMD jumps 11% in GPU shipments in Q2, Intel up 4% reports JPR in the latest Market Watch report

Posted by Robert Dow on August 21st 2014 | Permalink
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Quarter-to-quarter total GPU shipments up 3.2%—Desktop graphics up 1%, notebooks up 5%. The big drop in graphics shipments in Q1 has been partially offset by a small rise this quarter. Shipments were up 3.2% quarter-to-quarter, and down 4.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Subscribers can download the latest MW report HERE.

Read the poistion papers from Lenovo, AMD, Dell and NVIDIA on our SIGGRAPH briefings page.

Posted by Robert Dow on August 20th 2014 | Permalink
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Read on Opportunities for Virtualization, workstation virtualization in the entertainment industry, Virtualization for Media & Entertainment, Graphics Accelerated Virtual Workstations and Applications and other topics on our SIGGRAPH briefings page.

AMD jumps 11% in GPU shipments in Q2, Intel up

Posted by Robert Dow on August 19th 2014 | Permalink
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Quarter-to-quarter total GPU shipments up 3.2%—Desktop graphics up 1%, notebooks up 5%. The big drop in graphics shipments in Q1 has been partially offset by a small rise this quarter. Shipments were up 3.2% quarter-to-quarter, and down 4.5% compared to the same quarter last year. AMD’s overall unit shipments increased 11% quarter-to-quarter, Intel’s total shipments increased 4% from last quarter. The Gaming PC segment, where higher-end GPUs are used, was a bright spot in the market in Q1. Nvidia and AMD high-end GPUs sales were strong, lifting the ASPs for the discrete GPU market. Read more on Q2 2014 GPU Shipments…

The CG market will exceed $149 billion by 2017 reports JPR

Posted by Robert Dow on August 8th 2014 | Permalink
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The computer graphics industry has been a growth industry since it was established in the late 1970s. It has weathered the storms of recessions and has emerged renewed vigor and potential, partly due to a big boost from mobile and the move to 4K, but also from emerging technologies including 3D scanning, 3D printing, augmented reality, and VR. Read more on the CG market HERE

JPRs 14th annual luncheon at SIGGRAPH is Wednesday

Posted by Robert Dow on August 6th 2014 | Permalink
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This year, we take a look at the rising trend towards virtualization. Virtualization is a fine buzz word, but it means different things to different people and includes remote access to resources, thin clients for workstation work, real time collaboration, and streaming applications. There are still plenty of concerns about how this will work out in practice. Join Lenovo AMD, Dell, Intel, Nvidia, Teradici and our talented panel at the Pan Pacific hotel Wedneday the 13th in the discussion. Press can RSVP on our event Page.

U.S. Economy Grew at 4% Rate in Q2, Beating Expectations

Posted by Robert Dow on July 30th 2014 | Permalink
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The United States economy rebounded heartily in the spring after a dismal winter, the Commerce Department reported on Wednesday, growing at an annual rate of 4 percent from April through June.In its initial estimate for the second quarter, the government cited major gains in inventories for private businesses as well as exports and personal consumption spending that added to the growth. Economists, who had been hoping for a full reversal of the first quarter’s decline, were thrilled with the second quarter’s numbers.

JPR invites you to take our latest survey on Workstation Graphics.

Posted by Robert Dow on July 7th 2014 | Permalink
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JPR has has been conducting a series of surveys in an effort to better understand the evolving CAD and Workstation consumer and markets. We have received thousands of replies which have been extremely helpful. Our latest survey is focused on Workstation Add-In Graphics Boards (AIBs) and how brand effects choice and expectation. The latest survey can be found HERE, participants have a chance to win an IPad mini or Microsoft Surface 2. Thank you!

Adobe releases Creative Cloud 2014

Posted by Robert Dow on June 25th 2014 | Permalink
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Adobe’s first major product line release since Creative Suite 6 cements the company’s commitment to subscription and the cloud. Following several months of private briefings Adobe has announced major upgrades to all 14 of its Creative Cloud products, new mobile apps, and probably most anticipated, the arrival of its hardware products the Ink pen and the Slide ruler. The company has also announced a new SDK that will enable other companies to build products on the Adobe Creative Cloud platform. - See more at: GraphicSpeak

JPR releases its latest Workstation Market Quarterly report

Posted by Robert Dow on June 5th 2014 | Permalink
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Workstation market maintains slow-but-steady progress in Q1’14. "Cautious and tentative, but still headed in the right direction" — that's how Jon Peddie Research (JPR) senior analyst and JPR Workstation Report author Alex Herrera sums up 2014's first quarter market results in the workstation market. JPR has wrapped up and published its analysis of Q1'14 results which subscribers can download HERE.

Neuro-gaming growing by leaps and bounds

Posted by Robert Dow on June 4th 2014 | Permalink
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Neuro-gaming will be­come a recognized category that com­bines games, brain research, sensors, and new kinds of user interfaces for computers and entertainment devices. The majority of products on display at the emerging NeuroGaming confer­ence were head-mounted electroenceph­alogram (EEG) devices, but there were also gloves, bio-feedback, and various motion sensor systems including the Leap Motion controller. Read More at GraphicSpeak

D-Day engineering marvels recreated for immersive 3D

Posted by Robert Dow on June 2nd 2014 | Permalink
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A Dassault Systèmes team virtually reconstructs Mulberry Harbor, the Waco glider and other key innovations. The results will be part of a documentary on PBS. Working from a variety of drawings and artifacts, a team from Dassault Systèmes has used the Catia 3D CAD and other company products to virtually recreate some of the key engineering innovations behind the D-Day Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II. See More at: GraphicSpeak

Please take part in our new RG Survey

Posted by Robert Dow on May 23rd 2014 | Permalink
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We are conducting an industry wide survey on remote graphics and virtual workstations and to better understand needs, awareness, and usage of these solutions. We would appreciate if you could take about 10min of your time to fill in the survey and tell us about your experience.We recognize that your time is valuable, and so we are holding a raffle at the conclusion of the survey (May 30th) including two AMD W9100 Workstation AIBs and two Dell M3800 mobile workstations. You can take the RG SURVEY HERE.

Graphics Add-In Board report Q1 2014 - Charts and Images

Posted by Robert Dow on May 15th 2014 | Permalink
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Charts and Images for AIB Q1 2014 report Definitions The term “AIB” is an abbreviation for add-in board, also called a “card.” A “GPU” is the graphic processor unit on the AIB, also called the “chip.”

Please take part in our CAD Survey

Posted by Robert Dow on May 12th 2014 | Permalink
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Jon Peddie Research is conducting a survey to better understand how people work in multi-CAD environments. We would like to know how you work with DWG files and the issues you may have encountered preserving data integrity. We recognize that your time is valuable and so we are holding a drawing at the conclusion of the survey which includes iPads, Surface Pro2s, Galaxy Note tablets. We would love your feedback, you can find the survey HERE at JPR CAD SURVEY.

Our April 2014 Semi-Annual Workstation report is now available

Posted by Robert Dow on May 1st 2014 | Permalink
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Now in its twelfth year, JPR’s Workstation Report - Professional Computing Markets and Technologies has established itself as the essential reference guide for hardware and software vendors and suppliers serving the workstation and professional graphics markets. Today we are releasing our 2014 April Semi-Annual edition available for download for subscribers.

Maya LT to launch on Steam

Posted by Robert Dow on April 23rd 2014 | Permalink
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Autodesk will launch Maya LT 2015 on the Steam gaming platform next week, making its animation and modeling feature set available to more than 65 million gamers, developers and artists. For $50 per month, Steam users who subscribe to Maya LT will be able to create 3D game assets to personalize their games and bring them into popular Steam titles like “Defense of the Ancients 2” (DoTA 2) or to create assets for use in their own games. - See more at: GraphicSpeak

Autodesk releases Flame 2015

Posted by Robert Dow on April 8th 2014 | Permalink
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Autodesk this week revealed the 2015 update to Flame, its toolset for high-end visual effects and creative finishing. Leading the list of new features is support for 4K and Ultra HD workflows. The new high-definition workflow supports industry standard 4K formats; 4K/UHD color management supporting ACES and REC-2020 color spaces; real-time monitoring and playback via SDI of 4K/UHD material at 50P and 60P; timeline effects and batch nodes performance optimization and 4K capable substance textures. - See more at: GraphicSpeak

Why Nvidia’s Partnership With VMware Is A Big Deal

Posted by Robert Dow on April 2nd 2014 | Permalink
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At Nvidia's annual GPU Tech Conference in San Jose, it was announced that VMware is adding virtualized GPU support to vSphere, an enhanced suite of tools for cloud computing, and that it's bringing Nvidia GRID technology to its Horizon DaaS platform. Read why this is Big News HERE.

Coming soon: Adobe’s Pen and Ruler set

Posted by Robert Dow on March 31st 2014 | Permalink
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At South by Southwest, Adobe’s VP of Experience Michael Gough, who leads Adobe’s hardware experiments including the Mighty and Napoleon projects, showed up with the tools in hand to talk more about why Adobe is making the pen.One key point he wanted to make was that Adobe’s exploration into hardware isn’t really the diversion it might seem. See more at: GraphicSpeak

Coming soon: Adobe’s Pen and Ruler set

Posted by Robert Dow on March 31st 2014 | Permalink
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At South by Southwest, Adobe’s VP of Experience Michael Gough, who leads Adobe’s hardware experiments including the Mighty and Napoleon projects, showed up with the tools in hand to talk more about why Adobe is making the pen. One key point he wanted to make was that Adobe’s exploration into hardware isn’t really the diversion it might seem. See more at: GraphicSpeak

Dell pitching for larger share in WS market

Posted by Robert Dow on March 25th 2014 | Permalink
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The US-based PC manufacturers, Dell, HP, and Lenovo, are locked in a hotly contested fight for customers who are less brand conscious and more value conscious. The workstation market is an attractive target for all three, and all three are fine-tuning their approach. Last week Dell introduced the Precision M2800 A new svelte mobile workstation and a new way to test virtualization for workstation-class users - See more at: GraphicSpeak

Khronos releases OpenGL ES 3.1 specification

Posted by Robert Dow on March 17th 2014 | Permalink
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The Khronos Group announces the immediate release of the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing functionality enhancements to the royalty-free 3D graphics API used on a majority of the world’s mobile devices. OpenGL ES 3.1 provides access to graphics processing unit (GPU) functionality with portability across diverse mobile and embedded operating systems and platforms.

Workstation and professional GPU markets march onward and upward in Q4’13

Posted by Robert Dow on March 9th 2014 | Permalink
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2013 proved to be a good year for the tandem markets for workstations and professional GPUs. Worldwide, the industry shipped approximately 971.6 thousand workstations in the fourth quarter of 2013, essentially flat (-0.2%) from Q3'13 and up 4.0% from the same quarter the year prior. That figure nearly eclipsed the record 1.0 million units the market set back in 2011.

Add-in board market up in Q4, Nvidia gains market share

Posted by Robert Dow on March 3rd 2014 | Permalink
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The news was encouraging; quarter-to-quarter, the market grew 3 % (compared to the desktop PC market, which increased 4.45%). On a year-to-year basis we found that total AIB shipments during the quarter increased 3%, which is more than desktop PCs which declined of 6.1%. GPUs are traditionally a leading indicator of the market because a GPU goes into every system before it is shipped; most of the PC vendors are guiding down to flat for the next quarter.

Pinocchio comes out to play as Character Generator

Posted by Robert Dow on February 26th 2014 | Permalink
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Autodesk has announced the debut of Autodesk Character Generator. It has been living in Autodesk Labs as Project Pinocchio. Now Autodesk is making the full product available to subscribers of all versions of the Entertainment Creation Suite, as well as Maya, 3ds Max, Softimage, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, and Maya LT. Read on Pinocchio on GraphicSpeak

GPU market up—Intel and Nvidia graphics winners in Q4

Posted by Robert Dow on February 18th 2014 | Permalink
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Quarter-to-quarter up 1.6%—Desktop graphics sales up 3% second quarter in a row.The quarter was the second quarter in a row to show a gain in shipments, up 1.6% quarter-to-quarter, and up 2% compared to the same quarter last year. Subscribers can download the new Q4'13 report HERE.

HP’s Z230: the workstation market leader’s entry-class deskside… sort of

Posted by Robert Dow on February 10th 2014 | Permalink
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We’ve had a steady parade of workstations coming through our doors recently for review. They’ve come in a range of shapes, sizes, and prices. The latest is from HP, which sent us its Z230 deskside tower, outfitted with Intel’s latest Haswell-generation platform, the single-socket Z230 fills out the Entry class of HP’s Z line of workstations. Read Alex's review on GraphicSpeak.

HP’s Z230: the workstation market leader’s entry-class deskside… sort of

Posted by Robert Dow on February 10th 2014 | Permalink
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We’ve had a steady parade of workstations coming through our doors recently for review. They’ve come in a range of shapes, sizes, and prices. The latest is from HP, which sent us its Z230 deskside tower, outfitted with Intel’s latest Haswell-generation platform, the single-socket Z230 fills out the Entry class of HP’s Z line of workstations. Read Alex's review on GraphicSpeak.

The business case for SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual

Posted by Robert Dow on February 4th 2014 | Permalink
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The SolidWorks division of Dassault Systèmes announced the first release of software dubbed Mechanical Conceptual, based on the 3D Experience Platform. Available through the SolidWorks dealer channel, it’s the first of a new family of SolidWorks products. First customer deliveries are planned for April 2014. We take a close look at the most highly anticipated new MCAD product in years on GraphicSpeak.

Nvidia’s G-Sync Nears Gamers’ Nirvana

Posted by Robert Dow on January 27th 2014 | Permalink
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The Holy Grail in computer graphics and, in particular, games is the suspension of disbelief. If the graphics are good enough the player will become immersed and lose himself in the game. But you can't reach this level of nirvana if you are distracted by artifacts on the screen caused by the incompatibilities between the timing circuits in the LCD monitor and those in the graphics add-in board (AIB) (Continue at EE Times)

AMD Posts Solid Q413 Earnings

Posted by Robert Dow on January 22nd 2014 | Permalink
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AMD on Tuesday announced the fourth quarter earnings for 2013 exceeding its own goal. The increased sales of new game consoles by Sony and Microsoft allowed AMD’s semi-custom SoCs and graphics products to make up for the decline in their chipsets sold for notebooks. The chipmaker brought in $1.59 billion in revenue, an increase of 9% sequentially and 28% year-over-year. The company posted quarterly net income of $89 million.

Workstation round-up and reviews

Posted by Robert Dow on January 17th 2014 | Permalink
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JPR Senior Analyst, Alex Herrera, reviews three recently released workstations, The BOXX 4150 XT, Lenovo's ThinkStation E32 SFF and the Eurocom Panther 5D, each taking a very different approach to workstation computing. Download "Workstation round-up and reviews: a triangle of three very different approaches to WS computing" HERE.

AMD’s new Kaveri APU changes the rules

Posted by Robert Dow on January 16th 2014 | Permalink
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AMD reaches an important milestone with Kaveri, its strongest integrated processor to date. AMD’s APUs are being designed for the next generation of computing: people want to use lightweight machines and tablets for bigger tasks. - Read more at: Graphic Speak

Nvidia holds coming out party for Tegra K1 at CES

Posted by Robert Dow on January 5th 2014 | Permalink
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The mobile SoC Nvidia had internally called Logan was officially announced at CES in Las Vegas on January 5. That it did was little surprise, as it's been on Nvidia's public roadmap for at least two years. The public name for the Tegra 4 successor wasn't quite we anticipated, called "Tegra K1" rather than presumed "Tegra 5". Read more from Senior Analyst Alex Herrera HERE.

A look at the future of GPUs in vision systems

Posted by Robert Dow on December 30th 2013 | Permalink
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In a new video, Jon Peddie explains how GPU technology and the bi-directional use of massive pixel count will play a major role in the development of embedded vision systems. Earlier this month the Embedded Vision Alliance invited Dr. Peddie to speak at their monthly meeting. Jon explained how GPU technology is reshaping not only graphics but many industries. See the video.

ShareCG announces the latest winners of the Get Reel Challenge

Posted by Robert Dow on December 23rd 2013 | Permalink
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As the name suggests, the ShareCG site is a resource for digital artists and animators to showcase their work. The site’s publisher David Heller and his team have created a very active community, which is sharing great digital content. Heller says he’s been delighted with the quality of work on the site and also the generosity of the community. - See more at: GraphicSpeak

Avago agrees to buy LSI for $6.6 billion

Posted by Robert Dow on December 17th 2013 | Permalink
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Avago Technologies said Monday it agreed to buy LSI Corp. for $6.6 billion to get into the business of semiconductors that help run data centers and handle mobile Internet traffic. Avago said it will pay $11.15 a share in cash for LSI. The deal comes as the rise of cloud computing increases demand for data centers and the servers and chips needed to run them. LSI specializes in storage and networking technology for large organizations that use data centers a lot.

ARM Acquires Geomerics

Posted by Robert Dow on December 13th 2013 | Permalink
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ARM today acquired Geomerics, the leader in lighting technology for the gaming and entertainment industries. The acquisition expands ARM’s position at the forefront of the visual computing and graphics industries. Additionally, the agreement enables Geomerics to build on their existing partnerships as well as accelerate their development in mobile. “The innovative technologies being developed by Geomerics are already revolutionizing the console gaming experience and are set to rapidly accelerate the transition to photo realistic graphics in mobile,” said Pete Hutton, EVP and GM Media Processing Division, ARM. “Empowering Geomerics’ portfolio with ARM’s graphics capabilities and market reach will be transformative for…

Workstations continue a solid growth pace in Q3’13

Posted by Robert Dow on December 10th 2013 | Permalink
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Worldwide, the industry shipped approximately 973.1 thousand workstations in the third quarter of 2013, marking 3.6% sequential growth in a quarter that's cyclically down, more often than not. That figure nearly eclipsed the record 1.0 million units the market set back in 2011. Read the full Press Release and download the Q3'13 Market Quarterly HERE.

The GPU’s Role In Vision Systems - Expectations, fact and fantasy

Posted by Robert Dow on December 6th 2013 | Permalink
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This slide presentation was part of Dr. Peddie's lecture on Vision systems at the Embedded Vision Alliance Member Meeting in San Jose December 5th 2013. Download The GPU’s Role In Vision Systems - Expectations, fact and fantasy...

Mainframe2 building cloud platform; shows stuff at AU 2013

Posted by Robert Dow on December 3rd 2013 | Permalink
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Mainframe2 is gearing up for an early 2014 launch and plans to make workstation applications available on demand. To prove the point, the company ran a one-day trial of their system running Photoshop in a browser and people from 138 countries gave it a whirl. Here at GfxSpeak we’re raising the stakes with an in-browser preview of Autodesk Inventor – click to try it out.

Intel and Nvidia raised shipments levels for the quarter; Quarter-to-quarter total graphics up 1.6%

Posted by Robert Dow on November 20th 2013 | Permalink
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Q3’13 was the second quarter in a row to show a gain in shipments, up 1.6% quarter-to-quarter, but down 8.8% compared to the same quarter last year. AMD’s overall unit shipments decreased 4.2%, quarter-to-quarter, Intel’s total shipments increased 3.5% from last quarter, and Nvidia’s increased 2.3%. Continue the story on our MarketWatch page.

3D Experience Platform could solve problems

Posted by Robert Dow on November 18th 2013 | Permalink
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At Dassault Systèmes’s annual 3D Experience Customer Conference in Las Vegas, the mechanical engineering software giant shed glimmers of light on its soon-to-be delivered 3D Experience Platform. This appears to be an extension of their Catia/Enovia V6 software, first released in 2008. But it contains extensions of capabilities that could improve engineering productivity of multinational manufacturers - See more at: GraphicSpeak

Amazon Web Services deploys Nvidia GRID GPU-on-demand service

Posted by Robert Dow on November 5th 2013 | Permalink
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Otoy and Autodesk are on-board immediately, working on demonstrations and converting existing applications to take advantage of GPUs in the cloud. GPU compute as a service in the Amazon cloud is being released through its newly announced Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) G2 instance. The technology is expected to drive a wide variety of graphics-intensive applications, from simulation and design through to gaming and video streaming.

Computer Graphics: Power-Efficient Rendering

Posted by Robert Dow on October 29th 2013 | Permalink
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Check out Jon Peddie's new blog on EE Times Today's mobile processors are improving at an astonishing rate -- and consequently delivering visually stunning user experiences at less than 3 watts of power consumption. Just how is it that mobile processors running at 5 percent of the power of a game console, can produce the kind of graphics realism we had previously come to expect only from game consoles?

AMD Vows to Increase Share on the Market of Professional Graphics Cards.

Posted by Robert Dow on October 21st 2013 | Permalink
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Advanced Micro Devices believes it can further gain share on the market of professional graphics adapters. The lucrative market is controlled by Nvidia Corp’s Quadro graphics cards, but AMD now believes it can capture a part of it. AMD has a long road ahead as Nvidia Corp. keeps dominating the market with its Quadro solutions. Read on at X-Bit Labs.

The 3D movie industry has a new champion

Posted by Robert Dow on October 11th 2013 | Permalink
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Gravity, by Alfonso Cuarón and his son Jonas represents the start of a new generation of 3D film that no longer needs to showcase depth effects, but draws the audience into the screen. The filmmakers take advantage of 3D in a way no other filmmaker has done and that includes 3D’s patron saint James Cameron. - See more at: GraphicSpeak

TechWatch Quarterly Q3’13 is now available

Posted by Robert Dow on October 1st 2013 | Permalink
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We have compiled some of our best articles, reviews and editorials from the third quarter 2013 and made them available in a new quarterly review. You can download the new quarterly edition HERE. You will find articles on IDF, Hot Chips, SIGGRAPH, SXSW, new gadgets and new technologies as well as news on cloud gaming, the evolving workstation market and entertaining editorials.

JPR’s latest market study on Mobile Devices and the GPUs inside is available

Posted by Robert Dow on September 25th 2013 | Permalink
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The market for portable devices (mobile devices that we can carry including notebooks) continues to soar in spite of economic difficulties and general uncertainty. Although personal devices are not necessarily replacing the PC, they are outselling the PC. All of these devices have a graphics processor (GPU) integrated in the device’s system on a chip (SoC) application processor. Read more on our product page.

JPR’s latest market study “Mobile Devices and the GPUs inside” is now available

Posted by Robert Dow on September 25th 2013 | Permalink
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JPR has just released a new market study, Mobile Devices and the GPUs Inside, and found that Qualcomm has over 32% of the total market for personal mobile devices.

Intel launches next-generation Ivy Bridge-EP CPU

Posted by Robert Dow on September 19th 2013 | Permalink
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At Intel Developers Forum (IDF) this year, Intel formally launched the highly anticipated Ivy Bridge generation successor for high-performance, dual-socket capable servers and workstations. The appearance of Ivy Bridge-EP around now was no surprise at all, as the pattern of SKU and brand launches for each generation has been relatively consistent. Read on at GraphicSpeak.

Microsoft talks Xbox One and Kinect at Hot Chips

Posted by Robert Dow on September 16th 2013 | Permalink
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Beyond the block diagrams, FLOPS comparisons, and power requirements, the new system on a chip had to master complex human dynamics. . This year, Hot Chips provided a very clear picture of where chip vendors’ heads are at today: SoCs, low-power, and mobility. - See more at: GraphicSpeak.

Workstations outshine the broader PC market (again) in Q2’13

Posted by Robert Dow on September 4th 2013 | Permalink
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The Q2'13 Workstation Market Quarterly is now ready for download.

Workstations outshine the broader PC market (again) in Q2’13

Posted by Robert Dow on September 4th 2013 | Permalink
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Amid the poor results that continue to flow from the mainstream PC market, the workstation market continues to shine, at least relatively so. Worldwide, the industry shipped approximately 940 million workstations in the second quarter of 2013, marking growth of 5.5% and 6.4%, sequentially and year-over-year (respectively). Subscribers can now download the Q2'13 market quarterly.

Microsoft acquires Nokia for $7.17 Billion

Posted by Robert Dow on September 3rd 2013 | Permalink
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Citing Nokia's extensive patent portfolio, the opportunity to enter into new markets and the flexibility with OEM's Microsoft announces the acquisition of it's partner Nokia. None of this comes as a surprise given Microsoft's ambitions in the tablet space. The question remains if Nokia's rumored "Sirius" tablet set to be announced on September 23 will go forward or become a casualty of the deal. The announcement was met with mixed reaction by Wall St. with Nokia shares soaring and Microsoft taking a hit.

The newest edition of Tech Watch is available

Posted by Robert Dow on August 27th 2013 | Permalink
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August 27th issue of Tech Watch is now online and ready for download.

Visual Magic 3D book review

Posted by Robert Dow on August 26th 2013 | Permalink
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Compute Scotland takes a look at Jon Peddie's new book "The History of Visual Magic in Computers". In his First Law, Jon Peddie "In graphics, too much is not enough," notes that "It is impossible to trace a single line of development to generating beautiful realistic images with a computer. There is the complex pedigree of the computer itself- the basic math, the display and its controller, the software algorithms used to generate curves and texture and the applications that tie all this together." Read the review on Compute Scotland.

Add-in board-market down in Q2, AMD gains market share

Posted by Robert Dow on August 19th 2013 | Permalink
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Our new Q2'13 AIB report shows that Quarter-to-quarter AIBs down 5.4%, year-to-year 5.2%-less than PCs overall. On a year-to-year basis we found that total AIB shipments during Q2'13 dropped 5.2%, less than the overall desktop graphics decline of 9.3% or the total PC graphics decline of 12.8% overall. GPUs are traditionally a leading indicator of the market. Subscribers can download the new Q2'13 Add-In Graphics Boards report HERE.

Q2’13 issue of Market Watch is now available

Posted by Robert Dow on August 15th 2013 | Permalink
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Market Watch our quarterly report on GPU shipments is ready for download.

New Tech Watch is available

Posted by Robert Dow on August 15th 2013 | Permalink
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August 13th issue of Tech Watch is now online and ready for download.

AMD winner in Q2, Intel up, Nvidia down

Posted by Robert Dow on August 14th 2013 | Permalink
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AMD overall unit shipments increased 10.9%, quarter-to-quarter, Intel increased 6.2%, and Nvidia decreased by 8%.The overall PC market declined 2.5% quarter-to-quarter while the graphics market increased 4.6%. Overall this net 7.1% increase reflects an interest on the part of consumers for double-attach—the adding of a discrete GPU to a system with integrated processor graphics, and to a lesser extent dual AIBs in performance desktop machines. Subscribers can download the latest Market Watch HERE.

Global PC Gaming Hardware Sales Shrug off PC Market Decline

Posted by Robert Dow on August 7th 2013 | Permalink
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In a challenged PC market one user group is standing firm against the winds of change. Ted Pollak, Senior Gaming Analyst at JPR said "The effect that key titles have on hardware sales is phenomenal. Enthusiast PC Gamers embrace content creation and modding," JPR believes that PC's have an advantage in casual gaming as X86 tablets expand the market.

Moto X8 and Qualcomm

Posted by Robert Dow on August 5th 2013 | Permalink
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Google’s Motorola unit announced a new phone (the Moto X) powered by a new processor. For the new X8 processor Motorola has bought the Snapdragon S4Pro (MSM8960). Qualcomm did not sell IP to Motorola, just a standard product, but worked with Motorola to provide software for the S4 CPU/GPU using some of the new OpenSubdiv algorithms introduced by Pixar at Siggraph.

Democratization - Report from JPR’s Panel discussion at SIGGRAPH

Posted by Robert Dow on August 1st 2013 | Permalink
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JPR held its annual luncheon at Siggraph with the help of sponsors Autodesk, Dell, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Lightworks, and Nvidia. As part of the luncheon program, JPR asked the sponsors to weigh in with the ways they're seeing these market forces play out. After all, they're building products and plotting strategy according to these forces. The papers are available at SIGGRAPH briefings.

Ray-tracing - can it be for everyone?

Posted by Robert Dow on July 31st 2013 | Permalink
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Historically the ability to create a photorealistic render to the level where a viewer is left wondering whether it's a photograph or a computer generated image has been left to the experts. These were the people that could justify the huge expense of acquiring enough hardware capacity to bring the render time down to less than a day, and were able to understand the nuances of irradiance, sub-surface scattering anti-aliasing and the like... Read more on ray-tracing and Lightworks.

New Tech Watch is available

Posted by Robert Dow on July 31st 2013 | Permalink
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July 30th issue of Tech Watch is now online and ready for download. Featuring our coverage on SIGGRAPH 2013.

3D needs its Napster moment

Posted by Robert Dow on July 25th 2013 | Permalink
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Audio has MP3; thanks to Napster it is a global standard. Photos have JPEG, allowing products like Facebook, Flickr, and Photoshop to make creating, sharing, and editing images a global activity. The video standard H.264 is not a household term, but YouTube made sure it is the world’s leading way to share videos. 3D needs its Napster moment. - Imagine the ability to view a video of 3D content on the web the way you watch a video on YouTube

New Tech Watch is available

Posted by Robert Dow on July 17th 2013 | Permalink
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July 16th issue of Tech Watch is now online and ready for download.

New Tech Watch is available

Posted by Robert Dow on July 11th 2013 | Permalink
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July 10th issue of Tech Watch is now online and ready for download.

Annual JPR Siggraph press luncheon

Posted by Robert Dow on July 8th 2013 | Permalink
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JPR cordially invites members of the press attending Siggraph to its 13th annual press luncheon. This year Siggraph is at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, a stone’s throw from Disneyland. The annual JPR Siggraph Press Luncheon provides a unique opportunity for members of the computing and graphics arts press to meet graphics technology leaders. Find details on registration on our luncheon Event page.

TechWatch Quarterly Q2’13 is now available

Posted by Robert Dow on July 3rd 2013 | Permalink
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We have compiled some of our best articles, reviews and editorials from the second quarter 2013 and made them available in a new quarterly review.

Siggraph Mobile explores cutting edge of handheld graphics

Posted by Robert Dow on July 2nd 2013 | Permalink
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For the second straight year Siggraph is carving out a portion of its schedule for special sessions devoted to mobile graphics technology. This year’s Siggraph Mobile program will present the latest advances in mobile technologies, graphics, and apps. “Some of the top companies in mobile graphics hardware will present their latest technologies, including ARM, Nvidia, Intel, and Qualcomm.” - See more at: GraphicSpeak

Dr. Peddie’s new book is now available

Posted by Robert Dow on June 26th 2013 | Permalink
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The History of Visual Magic in Computers traces the developments of DEC, Burroughs, SGI, and dozens of others, and shares how the technology from those companies found its way to AMD, Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Sony, to mention a few, and is now available on Amazon.

The History of Visual Magic in Computers, Now Available

Posted by Robert Dow on June 25th 2013 | Permalink
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Dr. Jon Peddie's New Book Explains How Beautiful Images are made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR. If you have ever looked at a fantastic adventure or science fiction movie, or a rich computer game, and wondered “How do they do that?”, you can now satisfy your curiosity with: The History of Visual Magic in Computers The 448-page book includes 369 illustrations and is available on Amazon.

Nvidia introduces a new business unit

Posted by Robert Dow on June 19th 2013 | Permalink
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In the past couple of years Nvidia invested over a billion dollars in R&D on what could become the first of the ultimate cores—Kepler. Kepler is the first architecture ever designed to scale all the way from mobile to its highest end Tesla processors. That basic Kepler core can be (is) used in all the processors in Nvidia’s entire product line from Tegra to Titan. Read more on Nvidia's "Core" business.

New Mac Pro keeps Apple in the workstation market

Posted by Robert Dow on June 17th 2013 | Permalink
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Apple made a bin load of announcements today regarding new products at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San Francisco, but none of the products met with as much polarized response as their futuristic-looking update of the Mac Pro. The new workstation embeds Intel Xeon CPUs and AMD FirePro GPUs inside a futuristic black cylinder. - See it HERE.

3D Systems to acquire Phenix for direct metal printing

Posted by Robert Dow on June 13th 2013 | Permalink
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3D Systems announced today it has agreed to acquire approximately 80% of Phenix Systems, a provider of direct metal selective laser sintering 3D printers based in Riom, France. Phenix Systems designs, manufactures and sells proprietary 3D printers capable of printing chemically pure fully dense metal and ceramic parts from very fine powders with the granularity of 6 to 9 microns. Read more on the acquisition on GraphicSpeak.

E3 kicks off this week in Los Angeles

Posted by Robert Dow on June 10th 2013 | Permalink
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The most anticipated E3 show in years starts off today with Press Conferences from Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony. Microsoft and Sony will be on the hot seat and attempt to answer the questions regarding game licensing vs. ownership, constant internet connection and policy on used games. You can see the schedule of conferences on the E3 site.

Workstation market not feeling the same pain as the broader PC market

Posted by Robert Dow on June 6th 2013 | Permalink
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The leading workstation and professional graphics analyst firm reported that the industry shipped approximately 890.5 thousand workstations worldwide, a figure 4.7% lower than the fourth quarter of 2012 and 3.0% lower than the same quarter a year prior. The disappointment is obvious, as no business is happy with a market showing no growth.The good news? Simply put, the market didn't go down.

Adobe commits to subscriptions

Posted by Robert Dow on June 3rd 2013 | Permalink
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Adobe changed up their annual Adobe Max conference this year and focused on their customers rather than on their technology. In the past, the conference has been presented by Apple CTO Kevin Lynch and often concentrated on major shifts in technology.This year’s Adobe Max conference focused on what Adobe customers are creating.

Add-in board market up in Q1, AMD gains market share

Posted by Robert Dow on May 28th 2013 | Permalink
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AIB shipments during Q1'2013. behaved according to past years with regard to seasonality, but the drop was less than the 10 year average. AIB shipments decreased 1.6% from the last quarter (the 10 year average is just -3%). Compared to the previous quarter AIB shipments were up 1, 8%, and on a year-to-year comparison, shipments were down 6.3%. Read about the quarter in general HERE.

Microsoft unveils AMD powered Xbox One

Posted by Robert Dow on May 22nd 2013 | Permalink
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Although little was said about the processors in the new Xbox One, we believe it is a custom version of AMD’s newest APU with an eight Jaguar core CPUs and a big multi core GPU. The GPU will not likely not be a Radeon 7000 or 8000 core, but more similar to the UMA design AMD supplied for the Xbox 360. In addition, AMD’s APU’s encode and decode engines will likely be in the chip.

Nvidia demos Cat 4 LTE-Advanced Modem

Posted by Robert Dow on May 21st 2013 | Permalink
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NVIDIA’s mobile processor for mainstream smartphones – Tegra 4i, which includes an integrated NVIDIA i500 LTE modem, chewed through 150Mbps of LTE data in a demo this week at CTIA 2013 in Las Vegas. First shown at Mobile World Congress in February at Cat 3 100mbps, this Tegra 4i demo is fully based on a software update – no new hardware, no new processor.

Nvidia winner in Q1, AMD flat, Intel down

Posted by Robert Dow on May 16th 2013 | Permalink
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The GPU shipment numbers are available for Q1'13, The news was disappointing for Intel, but encouraging for Nvidia and for AMD on the desktop. AMD lost 0.3%, quarter-to-quarter, Intel slipped 5.3%, and Nvidia increased by 3.6%. The overall PC market declined 13.7% quarter-to-quarter while the graphics market only declined 3.2%. Subscribers can download the Q1'13 version of Market Watch now.

The New Market Watch now available

Posted by Robert Dow on May 16th 2013 | Permalink
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The new Q1'13 version of Market Watch is now available for download

The New Market Watch now available

Posted by Robert Dow on May 16th 2013 | Permalink
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The new Q1'13 version of Market Watch is now available for download

SIGGRAPH advance program details available

Posted by Robert Dow on May 13th 2013 | Permalink
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The SIGGRAPH 2013 advance program is now available, get detailed information on who's speaking and what's happening at SIGGRAPH 2013.The Advance Program is your best planning resource for five days of learning, exploring, and amazing interaction with tomorrow's technologies. Get more information at SIGGRAPHITTI.

Adobe fills out its line, announces next-generation products

Posted by Robert Dow on May 7th 2013 | Permalink
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Adobe had a whole lineup of new products and strategies to announce at NAB 2013 including the rollout of Adobe Anywhere. The company gave previews of new features coming in its next round of Creative Suite products, which may or may not be named CS 7. (Adobe is reserving the right to come up with a new name.)

Adobe fills out its line, announces next-generation products

Posted by Robert Dow on May 7th 2013 | Permalink
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Adobe had a whole lineup of new products and strategies to announce at NAB 2013 including the rollout of Adobe Anywhere. The company gave previews of new features coming in its next round of Creative Suite products, which may or may not be named CS 7. (Adobe is reserving the right to come up with a new name.)