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Watch Jon Peddie in an interview with FutureTalk on Emerging Uses of Computer Graphics

Posted by Robert Dow on July 2nd 2015 | Discuss (0)
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An interview with Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research, a technically oriented consulting firm specializing in everything having to do with computer graphics. Topics include computer graphic basics, practical uses of CG, and emerging fields such as virtual reality and augmented reality. Martin Wasserman hosts.

Watch Jon Peddie in his interview on Emerging Uses of Computer Graphics

Posted by Robert Dow on July 2nd 2015 | Discuss (0)
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An interview with Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research, a technically oriented consulting firm specializing in everything having to do with computer graphics. Topics include computer graphic basics, practical uses of CG, and emerging fields such as virtual reality and augmented reality. Martin Wasserman hosts.

Download Dr. Jon Peddie’s presentation given at the Intel Buzz Workshop

Posted by Robert Dow on June 26th 2015 | Discuss (0)
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Dr. Jon Peddie's presentation Computer Graphics and Its Impact on Gaming, is available for download HERE on our Slide/ Presentation page. Jon gives gives a brief history of CG, talks about gaming platforms, market size as well as thoughts on the future.

JPR announces Virtualize 2015, the Remote Graphics and Virtualization Conference.

Posted by Robert Dow on June 18th 2015 | Discuss (0)
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Virtualize 2015: It’s coming are your ready The Virtualize 2015 Conference will take place October 29th at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Work anywhere, any time, on any machine – that’s the promise of remote graphics and Virtualization Why would you use it? How can you implement it? What about

The Intel Buzz Workshop coming to San Francisco June 25th

Posted by Robert Dow on June 17th 2015 | Discuss (0)
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The Intel Buzz Workshop series is back by popular demand! Coming to San Francisco on Wednesday, June 25 2015, this series of community workshops, brought to you by Intel, is designed to help professional game developers tackle the industry’s biggest problems in gaming. Our own Dr. Jon Peddie will be giving

NVIDIA to Acquire TransGaming’s Cross-Platform Technology

Posted by Robert Dow on June 13th 2015 | Discuss (0)
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TransGaming Inc. announced this week that it has signed an agreement for NVIDIA to acquire the company’s proprietary cross- platform portability technology for US$3.75 million. As part of the transaction, TransGaming also announced that it is becoming an NVIDIA GRID preferred partner, so that NVIDIA’s cloud gaming technology

New SPECwpcto measure virtualized WSs

Posted by Robert Dow on June 3rd 2015 | Permalink
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The new SPECwpc benchmark measures all key aspects of workstation performance based on diverse professional applications. Members of the SPECwpc include AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Micron, NVIDIA and VMware.Meeting a growing need. The ability to measure comprehensive performance for virtualized workstations comes at a time when the

Workstation and professional graphics market feels the pain in Q1’15

Posted by Robert Dow on May 28th 2015 | Permalink
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The first quarter did little to cheer vendors of workstations and professional graphics processing units (GPUs). While first quarters are cyclically down more often than not, Q1'15 posted workstation and professional GPU shipment numbers that fell substantially deeper than normal. Industry watcher Jon Peddie Research reported that the industry

Overall GPU shipments dropped 13% in Q1’2015 from last quarter

Posted by Robert Dow on May 15th 2015 | Permalink
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Today JPR is releasing its latest report on the quarterly on worldwide GPU shipments. Overall GPU shipments dropped 13% in Q1'2015 from last quarter, AMD slipped 17%, Nvidia fell 13.5%, and Intel saw a 12% slip. Year-to-year total GPU shipments dropped 2.9%-Desktop graphics down 12.6%, notebooks up 4.2%. The attach rate of GPUs (includes integrated

JPR’s April 2015 Semi-Annual Edition of the Workstation Report Series is now available

Posted by Robert Dow on May 12th 2015 | Permalink
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The Semi-Annual WS report is intended as a comprehensive snapshot of the workstation and professional graphics industries, each issue of the JPR Workstation Report will contain new text and analysis, but also content from previous issues. The goal is to be comprehensive rather than to be completely new, and the

New 2015 CAD report now available.

Posted by Robert Dow on April 23rd 2015 | Permalink
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The CAD market returns to growth; reaches $8 billion in 2014, Jon Peddie Research estimates the CAD software market to be an $8 billion market with 5.15 annual users. We expect the market to grow to $8.7 billion in 2017 at a CAGR of 4%. - read the latest on the CAD industry and purchase our brand

The CAD market returns to growth; reaches $8 billion in 2014

Posted by Robert Dow on April 23rd 2015 | Permalink
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Jon Peddie Research estimates the CAD software market to be an $8 billion market with 5.15 annual users. We expect the market to grow to $8.7 billion in 2017 at a CAGR of 4%.The news is encouraging and consistent with economic trends. The field of CAD has grown to encompass many disciplines, industries, and

The personal robot is coming for you and your job

Posted by Robert Dow on April 13th 2015 | Permalink
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Humans just love robots and there is a great deal of work going on to build mechanical robots and in some cases give them enough AI smarts so they can function as companions or maybe even workers. This is a new world that’s just getting started. Robbie the Robot

Autodesk inaugurates its new robotics lab at Pier 9 with screening of Artoo in Love

Posted by Robert Dow on March 31st 2015 | Permalink
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Autodesk is building a robotics lab at Pier 9 and its first inaugural event was a screening of the movie Artoo in Love by Evan Atherton. The movie is a sweet three-minute short about the love life of an R2D2 robot. First time filmmaker Atherton worked as an intern at

Latest Bentley acquisition offers construction management in the cloud

Posted by Robert Dow on March 30th 2015 | Permalink
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Bentley’s most recent acquisition is a cloud-based approach to construction management. EADOC, based in Oakland, California, provides software to systematically track construction project documentation including design clarifications, inspectors’ daily reports, special inspections, memos, action items, deficiency items, and schedules.The terms of the deal were not disclosed; both Bentley

Latest Bentley acquisition offers construction management in the cloud

Posted by Robert Dow on March 30th 2015 | Permalink
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Bentley’s most recent acquisition is a cloud-based approach to construction management. EADOC, based in Oakland, California, provides software to systematically track construction project documentation including design clarifications, inspectors’ daily reports, special inspections, memos, action items, deficiency items, and schedules.The terms of the deal were not disclosed; both Bentley

Watch the JPR press conference from GDC

Posted by Robert Dow on March 19th 2015 | Permalink
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This is the FULL presentation from Jon Peddie Research about gaming hardware sales and predictions at GDC 2015. Jon Peddie and Ted Pollak talk about Market Size, Growth, Conditions, and Trends of the gaming market. A brief history of how we got where we are today and the components of the $93

Real 2015 explores the intersection of reality and computers

Posted by Robert Dow on March 18th 2015 | Permalink
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In a burst of hey-kids-let’s-put-on-a-show, Autodesk kicked off its Real 2015 conference on a beautiful Feb­ruary day at San Francisco’s Fort Mason. The site, a reclaimed military base, is a longtime center for the city’s experimenters, artists, and young entrepreneurs, and that’s how Autodesk wants to

Steady growth for workstation market - JPR releases Q4’14 WS study

Posted by Robert Dow on March 5th 2015 | Permalink
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Worldwide, the industry shipped approximately 1.03 million workstations in Q4'14, equating to a within-cyclical-norms 1.4% sequential growth. The Q4 saw the first significant volume of many new deskside WSs built on Intel's Haswell-E processor and Grantley platform, an event that helped bolster results. Market shares for the big three OEMs were

GPU shipments (MarketWatch) Q4 2014 - Charts and Images

Posted by Robert Dow on February 20th 2015 | Permalink
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Graphics processors, stand-alone discrete devices, and embedded processor-based GPUs are ubiquitous and essential components in all systems and device today from handheld mobile devices, PCs, and workstations, to TVs, servers, vehicle systems, signage, game consoles, medical equipment, and wearables. New technologies and semiconductor manufacturing processes are taking advantage of the

JPR press conference to announce study results @ GDC

Posted by Robert Dow on February 19th 2015 | Permalink
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JPR, is holding a press conference Wednesday, March 4th at the SF Green Space at EEFG building, 657 Mission Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94105, two blocks away from the convention center. The doors open at 1:00. At the press conference we will be presenting shipment and forecast data on Gaming PCs, Consoles,

New devices, new interfaces from Microsoft

Posted by Robert Dow on February 5th 2015 | Permalink
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Windows 10 will arrive with two new products for work and play. The Microsoft Surface Hub, was unveiled during the Windows 10 update in Seattle. It was a bit of a surprise, but one many Microsoft followers could predict after previous Surface updates and Microsoft’s acquisition of Perceptive Pixel in 2012. In

New Dell Precision M3800 targets MacBook Pro

Posted by Robert Dow on January 28th 2015 | Permalink
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Dell is using this week’s Sundance Film Festival to launch its newest thin-and-light mobile workstation, the Precision M3800—and to position it as a new rival to the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display. New features in the Precision M3800 include a 4K Ultra HD touch monitor and Thunderbolt 2

Web pioneer Joi Ito to keynote Siggraph 2015

Posted by Robert Dow on January 21st 2015 | Permalink
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Siggraph announced today that Joichi “Joi” Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab and a noted pioneer of the World Wide Web, will be the keynote speaker for Siggraph 2015 in Los Angeles, August 9-13. Mirroring the conference theme of “Xroads of Discovery,” Siggraph notes how Ito’s body of work

Bentley buys C3global for predictive modeling

Posted by Robert Dow on January 14th 2015 | Permalink
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Bentley Systems has acquired UK-based C3global, provider of built asset management technology. Bentley will add C3global’s Amulet technology to its AssetWise portfolio, giving it the ability to perform predictive asset performance modeling. Bentley sees the acquisition as a key piece of its “optioneering” strategy, using asset and

Unlocking the secrets of the human heart with the help of Creo

Posted by Robert Dow on January 12th 2015 | Permalink
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Increasingly, the design world is turning to medical challenges and asking how engineering principles can be put to work to improve people’s health. Dassault has opened up several fronts for medical research through its Biovia and Simulia product groups and Dassault is developing tools for simulating the operating of

NVIDIA’s TEGRA X1 Mobile Super Chip

Posted by Robert Dow on January 7th 2015 | Permalink
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With a teraflop of computing power Nvidia's Tegra X1 is setting its sightis on bringing console level graphics to the mobile and automotive space. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the new 256-core chip, which uses the same Maxwell architecture deployed in the world’s top gaming graphics cards. Slated to

Derby the dog gets new legs from 3D printing

Posted by Robert Dow on December 22nd 2014 | Permalink
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A New Hampshire dog born with deformed front legs is running for the first time, thanks to kindhearted humans who used 3D technology to create a novel set of doggy prosthetics. It all started when 3D Systems employee Tara Anderson, a volunteer with dog rescue group Peace and Paws in

The demand for powerful GPUs in mobile devices drive the industry

Posted by Robert Dow on December 10th 2014 | Permalink
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Qualcomm maintains market leadership in SoC GPUs according to latest report from Jon Peddie Research. In our latest report, Mobile Devices and the GPUs inside , JPR estimates the total GPU market opportunity in all mobile platforms is 3,575 million units in 2018. This report covers the market for GPUs in mobile (Personal)

WS market settles but remains solid in Q3’14

Posted by Robert Dow on December 1st 2014 | Permalink
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The market held onto most of its previous and substantial gains, seeing its second-highest volume total in the third quarter of 2014. Worldwide, the industry shipped approximately 1.02 million workstations last quarter, posting a 4.7% gain over the same quarter a year ago, along with a modest 2.8% quarterly decline over Q2'14's

3D Systems to acquire Cimatron for $97 million

Posted by Robert Dow on November 25th 2014 | Permalink
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3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of CAM software developer Cimatron (NASDAQ: CIMT) in a deal valued at approximately $97 million. 3D Systems has been on an aggressive acquisition path for the past few years, in an effort to create

Subscribers can now download the October 2014 Semi-Annual Workstation Report

Posted by Robert Dow on November 18th 2014 | Permalink
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The semi-annual issues describe and assess all aspects of workstations and professional graphics: the markets, the technologies and the vendors. Semi-annual issues, typically around 300 to 400 pages, are built as up-to-date reference manuals, providing a comprehensive snapshot on the state of the industries. Subscribers can download the new report HERE

Nvidia jumps 13% from last quarter, Intel up 11.6%, AMD slips 7%

Posted by Robert Dow on November 12th 2014 | Permalink
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JPR is releasing its Q3'14 MarketWatch report today.Nvidia’s desktop discrete shipments increased 24.3% from last quarter; and the company’s notebook discrete shipments increased 3.5%. AMD’s shipments of desktop heterogeneous GPU/CPUs, i.e., APUs increased 10.5% from the previous quarter, Intel’s desktop processor embedded graphics (EPGs) shipments

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

Posted by Robert Dow on October 30th 2014 | Permalink
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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

JPR’s first Virtualization Conference today

Posted by Robert Dow on October 28th 2014 | Permalink
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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

JPR sets Virtualize conference speaker line-up

Posted by Robert Dow on October 16th 2014 | Permalink
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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

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

Posted by Robert Dow on October 8th 2014 | Permalink
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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 | Permalink
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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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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;

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’

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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"

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

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

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

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. “

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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,