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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.

Diamond Multimedia to release VFX 2000 Series Pro workstation board with 2GiB, R600

3rd Sep 2007 @ 10:10:00 - written by Rys  
HotHardware have the scoop on an upcoming AIB release by Diamond Multimedia that pairs AMD R600 with 2GiB of GDDR4 for the professional workstation market.
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SIGGRAPH 2007: FireGL V5600 pictured

10th Aug 2007 @ 12:12:00 - written by Rys  
Our spies on the SIGGRAPH show floor have spotted the rear end of an AMD FireGL V5600. Hark back to the very recent launch announcement at the same show and you'll remember the V5600 sounded like a clone of a Radeon HD 2600 XT 512MiB. How right that is.
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Microsoft licenses graphics technology to Weta Digital

8th Aug 2007 @ 10:10:00 - written by Rys  
Microsoft have licensed unknown graphics intellectual property to Weta Digital, the guys behind the digital effects of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong movies, among others.
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US chip fabrication equipment sales rise in May

20th Jun 2007 @ 22:10:00 - written by Farid  
Semiconductor equipment and materials supplier organisation, SEMI, announced yesterday that orders for semiconductor equipment rose in May --about six percent greater than April and three percent better than May of last year.

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PeakStream Workstation beta for Windows released

28th Mar 2007 @ 19:02:00 - written by Tim  
Yesterday, PeakStream released a public beta of its PeakStream Workstation application for Windows XP. This version of PeakStream Workstation is a set of APIs for C and C++ to enable GPGPU progrmaming and a Visual Studio 2005 plugin for profiling and debugging...
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BioShock gets update: number of activations per game increased

28th Aug 2007 @ 14:02:00 - written by Farid  
One of the rare negatives brought up by gamers during discussion about BioShock, the latest game from Irrational Games, now 2K Boston and 2K Australia, was its quite draconian online activation system. Acknowledging this outcry from their customers and fans, 2K games decided to raise the number of authorised…
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SIGGRAPH 2007: NVIDIA announce a 4 GPU Quadro Plex VCS

8th Aug 2007 @ 22:10:00 - written by Rys  
NVIDIA launched a new Quadro Plex VCS 1000 yesterday at SIGGRAPH. The Model S4 is effectively just the Tesla S870 GPU Computing Server repurposed for Quadro-led apps.
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AMD launch new FireGL products based on R600 and RV630

6th Aug 2007 @ 15:03:00 - written by Rys  
AMD have announced new FireGL workstation graphics products at SIGGRAPH today, based on their R600 and RV630 ASICs currently used in desktop graphics products.
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NVIDIA's FX Composer 2 beta now available for download

17th Jun 2007 @ 22:10:00 - written by Carl Bender  
This past week NVIDIA announced the availability of FX Composer 2 (Beta 3) for public download, marking the first time a beta revision of the shader-authoring software has been made publicly available. Key feature set highlights include cross-platform support for DirectX 9 and OpenGL, as well as HLSL,…
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