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It's Dead Jim - a debate about the future of the graphics API

Love them or hate them, standardised IHV agnostic(-ish) graphics APIs have changed the landscape in a mostly positive way. Yet some bear them ill will. We set out for the truth about their future fate, hoping that we can handle it.

PeakStream acquired by Google

5th Jun 2007 @ 16:04:00 - written by Tim  
GPGPU middleware developer PeakStream has been acquired by Google, according to The Register. Where this leaves the GPGPU development platform is unclear, although it has stopped selling the product for the moment.
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Apple set to use NVIDIA GPU in MacBook Pro refresh

5th Jun 2007 @ 11:21:00 - written by Rys  
A news story on AppleInsider seems set to confirm rumours we've heard in recent weeks that NVIDIA is going to provide the GPU for the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh. Indeed, Apple's online store is currently unavailable due to product updates taking place, and we believe the refresh is the reason.
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DRAM market faces oversupply

4th Jun 2007 @ 13:01:00 - written by Carl Bender  
Following a period of aggressive capacity build-out, DRAM suppliers are now preparing to suffer through one of their toughest quarters in years, as lower than forecast module demand has left them saddled with a capacity overage that has resulted in massive price reductions. Originally pursued in anticipation of Vista's release,…
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TSMC: 32nm in 4Q09, 40nm half-node confirmed

1st Jun 2007 @ 16:17:00 - written by Arun  
According to Digitimes, TSMC is currently hoping to unveil their 32nm process in Q4 2009, which is approximately 24 months after the 45nm process that will become available in September of this year, and roughly as expected by Moore's Law. This is unlike the 45nm and 65nm transitions, where TSMC…
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AMD Catalyst 7.5 released

31st May 2007 @ 18:06:00 - written by Tim  
AMD has released a new version of its Catalyst driver suite, as well as a new version of its Linux drivers. Highlights include official HD 2900 support on Windows and D3D10 CrossFire.
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AMD undercuts Intel for Toshiba laptops

30th May 2007 @ 14:02:00 - written by Arun  

AMD and Toshiba have announced that Turion 64 X2 CPUs will be used in one fifth of future Toshiba laptops that should be available around July, because of their lower prices. Toshiba only sold Intel CPUs in the past seven years. In related news, AMD stated that they will slash Opteron 1S prices by 10…

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Intel on data-parallel languages and raytracing

28th May 2007 @ 21:09:00 - written by Tim  
Intel is currently researching data-parallel languages, reports EETimes. These languages would most likely be for massively parallel architectures, such as Larrabee and Terascale, putting them in direct competition with NVIDIA and AMD in the GPGPU market.
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Firmware 1.8 expands PS3 media capabilities

24th May 2007 @ 16:04:00 - written by Carl Bender  
Released for download earlier today, PS3 firmware 1.8 improves upon the media capabilities of Sony's console by incorporating many features long desired by A/V enthusiasts. Having already earned a reputation as an excellent Blu-ray player, today's update introduces 1080p/24hz output support, allowing for the elimination of judder on film-based content…
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NVIDIA confirms Next-Gen close to 1TFlop in 4Q07

23rd May 2007 @ 12:12:00 - written by Arun  
In recent analyst conferences that were publicly webcast on NVIDIA's website, Michael Hara (VP of Investor Relations) has claimed that their next-generation chip, also known as G92 in the rumour mill, will deliver close to one teraflop of performance. In a separate answer to an analyst's question, he also noted that they…
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TSMC: 65nm supply-constrained, 45nm eDRAM in 1Q08

21st May 2007 @ 11:01:00 - written by Arun  
Digitimes is reporting that TSMC's 65nm process production is now running "beyond 100%", indicating that their current facilities are now supply-constrained due to possibly unexpected demand. In related news, a recent interview with Chuck Byers of TSMC reveals that they plan to release their 45nm eDRAM low-power process as early…
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Computex 2007: RV630 at HIS, dual-chip and on AGP

5th Jun 2007 @ 14:02:00 - written by TeamB3D  
We're not at Computex this year but our brethren over at HEXUS have made the trip, uncovering two RV630-based products by HIS that deviate from the norm. The first pairs two RV630s on a single die, the second bridges the chip to AGP, giving users of AGP one more reason not to bother upgrading to PCI…
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AMD in talks with Tower Semi to sell fab equipment

5th Jun 2007 @ 10:30:00 - written by Arun  
According to Reuters, AMD is in talks with Tower Semiconductor Ltd., an Israel-based foundry, to sell their 200mm fab equipment. The information comes from a local newspaper, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, which also claims that the equipment could be worth approximately $80M USD.
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Larrabee: 16 Cores, 2GHz, 150W, and more...

1st Jun 2007 @ 18:08:00 - written by Arun  
It is amazing how much information is out there in the wild, when you know where to look. TG Daily has just published an article partially based on a presentation they were tipped off about, and which was uploaded on the 26th of April. It reveals a substantial amount of new information, which we will…
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SPECviewperf 10 released for XP/Vista

1st Jun 2007 @ 11:39:00 - written by Arun  
SPECviewperf, the most widely used benchmark for workstation GPUs such as NVIDIA's Quadro and AMD's FireGL, has just seen its 10th version released. This release is for Windows XP and Vista, with support for Linux and Mac OS coming in the next few months. Its major new feature is FSAA benchmarking,…
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AMD R600 doesn't have UVD

30th May 2007 @ 14:02:00 - written by Rys  
It's not exactly new news at this stage, but worth confirming here for those that don't have our browser plug-in that forces you to read nothing but Beyond3D and icanhascheezburger: R600 doesn't have UVD.
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Xbox 360 hardware architect inteview on Channel 9

29th May 2007 @ 17:05:00 - written by Rys  
The director of architecture for the Xbox 360 hardware has been interviewed on Microsoft's Channel 9. Nick Baker, ex-3DO, talks about the hardware design, the collaboration with ATI for Xenos, parallel programming constructs and multi-core program development, the stripped down version of the NT kernel…
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Weekly Japan Sales Numbers

26th May 2007 @ 10:50:00 - written by Stefan Salzl  
Business as usual in Japan: The Nintendo DS is continuing to lead the hardware sales charts, followed by Wii, selling only half the units compared to the sales leader, and PlayStation Portable.
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Intel SSE4 instruction to improve CPU-GPU communication

23rd May 2007 @ 15:03:00 - written by Geo  
The folks at ExtremeTech are reporting that at a lunch with Penryn architect Stephen Fischer, the Intelite revealed that a new SSE4 instruction will improve the read buffer performance between CPU and GPU by a factor of eight. Fischer noted the high-priority pathway would bypass the usual caching and…
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The technical problem with long HDMI runs

21st May 2007 @ 11:11:00 - written by Geo  
When you subtitle your article "How the designers of the HDMI standard screwed up, and what's to be done about it", then you better bring the goods in the text itself.  Anti-DRM warriors can stand down, however, as Audioholics…
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Barcelona overview article at RWT

18th May 2007 @ 12:12:00 - written by Arun  
Real World Tech posted a very nice architectural overview of AMD's upcoming Barcelona architecture (also previously known as K8L or K10, with the apparently final nomenclature being 'AMD Family 10h processors'), comparing it both to its predecessor and Intel's competition in terms of Conroe and Penryn.…
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