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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.

EETimes: 'Costs cast ICs into Darwinian struggle'

2nd Apr 2007 @ 21:30:00 - written by Arun  
EETimes recently published an interesting article on the rapidly rising costs of semiconductor fabs, process R&D and chip design. The comments in the article, by an employee of Synopsys and an analyst of VLSI Research, echo previous predictions made by TSMC's Chairman and Founder, Morris Chang. Basically, at the 45…
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AMD release GDC 2007 papers

29th Mar 2007 @ 22:10:00 - written by Rys  
AMD have released their GDC 2007 presentations via their developer website. Highlights include AMD coding superstars Natalya Tatarchuk and Guennadi Riguer presenting alongside Crytek's Carsten Wenzel in the D3D-led sessions (which include a good chunk of D3D10 content), and Natalya presenting again with DICE's Johan Andersson on Frostbite's use of…
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Intel confirms China Fab in 2010

29th Mar 2007 @ 16:00:00 - written by Arun  
On monday, Intel finally confirmed its plan to construct a new fab in China, at the northern city of Dalian. The company wants to have the fab operational in 2010, and they plan to use new technology and ideas to make it their cheapest fab operation in existence. The catch? It'll…
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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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NVIDIA and Intel power the Apple TV

28th Mar 2007 @ 17:57:00 - written by Arun  
According to Anandtech's teardown of the Apple TV, as well as an analyst which had the good idea of doing the same, the products' components are very PC-like. Indeed, the primary parts are a 90nm NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 (G72) for rendering and video decoding acceleration, a 1GHz ULV Pentium…
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Jen-Hsun Huang testifies in case against 3dfx creditors

27th Mar 2007 @ 17:05:00 - written by Rys  
NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, has testified for his company in their case against 3dfx's creditors, in a case brought by that body. San Jose Mercury News reports that Huang puts no stock in the creditor's assertion that NVIDIA valued 3dfx engineers at USD $1M a head at the time of…
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A look inside the European PS3

26th Mar 2007 @ 18:06:00 - written by Stefan Salzl  
Finally the newly revised Playstation 3 model has reached the shores of Europe, but the revision turned out very differently from what everyone expected. When Sony first announced its plans to cut the Emotion Engine (EE) from European units, everyone expected that the Graphics Synthesizer (GS) would be connected to…
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Crysis to have open beta and demos

23rd Mar 2007 @ 11:11:00 - written by Geo  

The folks at Tech Report have noticed that Crytek's highly anticipated upcoming Crysis game will have both an open beta for 20,000 lucky first-come-first-served users, and that Crytek has committed to both single player and multi-player demos near the time of launch.

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Latest TechWatch preview from JPR

22nd Mar 2007 @ 04:09:00 - written by TeamB3D  
John and his team have fired over their latest TechWatch preview, covering MarketWatch, their Workstation and AIB reports and their movements at 3GSM, GDC and SXSW. The event coverage is notable in its observations about the contrasts between event, who attends and what gets done there.
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New JPR market reports, covering Q4'06

21st Mar 2007 @ 16:04:00 - written by Rys  
JPR have sent along short summaries covering Q4 2006 for the professional workstation graphics and add-in-board markets. Highlights include commentary on the migration of 8-series GeForce technology down from the high-end into the mid-range, and HP gaining ground on Dell's dominance in the professional workstation market.
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NVIDIA nForce 650i Ultra introduced silently

2nd Apr 2007 @ 12:32:00 - written by Arun  
NVIDIA is now silently introducing the nForce 650i Ultra, and it should be available shortly. The motherboard will use the same chips as the nForce 650i SLI (C55+MCP51, while the 680i Series uses C55+MCP55) but will be substantially cheaper while the physical layout will only sport one x16 PCI-E…
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Intel reveal Penryn and Nehalem details to press

29th Mar 2007 @ 19:07:00 - written by Rys  
Intel, in a conference call with various members of the online technology press, have revealed some key details about their upcoming 45nm processor families. Penryn encompasses the evolution of the Core architecture on Intel's latest production process, while Nehalem is brand new, taking things…
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NVIDIA/ATI: 55nm pilot production now, avaibility in early 2008

29th Mar 2007 @ 13:00:00 - written by Arun  
Digitimes is reporting that pilot production for TSMC's 55nm process by NVIDIA and AMD's graphics division has started, and that actual products will likely be available in early 2008. It was previously rumoured that NVIDIA's MCP79 single-chip IGP for Intel platforms…
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ATI Catalyst 7.3 hits the streets

28th Mar 2007 @ 19:02:00 - written by Geo  
The folks at AMD have delivered the monthly installment of their long running Catalyst saga. Judging from the release notes, both the new features and fixes for Vista and Linux look to be on the tastier-than-usual side.
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Microsoft announces new Xbox 360 model: Elite

28th Mar 2007 @ 15:03:00 - written by Mark  
Today the veil that was sort of casually placed in the near vicinity of Microsoft's new Xbox 360, codenamed Zephyr, has been lifted to reveal the black Xbox 360 Elite, a new $479 SKU that will sit alongside the standard $399 Xbox 360 and $299 Xbox 360 Core SKUs.
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NVIDIA launch nForce 680i LT

27th Mar 2007 @ 16:04:00 - written by Rys  
Following the launch of their ultra high-end core logic offering for Intel processors, nForce 680i, NVIDIA have introduced a variant today that cuts some features and ability in the name of cost, to bring the basics to more potential customers. Given the high price of many nForce 680i offerings from…
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NDA lifted in 3DFX-NVIDIA suit

23rd Mar 2007 @ 19:47:00 - written by Arun  
As the trial pitting 3DFX creditors against NVIDIA was about to begin, the judge in charge of the case decided to lift the case's exceptional NDA. This move follows complaints by press and plaintiffs that this secrecy was both unjustified and potentially unconstitutional. As such, the majority of…
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Stream Processors, Inc. at ISSCC '07

22nd Mar 2007 @ 10:10:00 - written by Rys  
JPR were at the 2007 Internation Solid State Circuits Conference, and one class of processing definitely caught their eye. The guys cover GPU-based stream computing, Stream Processing, Inc. (SPI) and the market in general, comparing SPI's Storm-1 to fixed function devices that do the same job, to see…
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FutureMark launch YouGamers

21st Mar 2007 @ 20:08:00 - written by Rys  
Futuremark, authors of the world famous 3DMark series of performance measurement tools (among a raft of others) has launched YouGamers, a site dedicated to game analysis across hardware configurations on the PC. The aim is to let you know how well a game will do on a PC similar to yours, as well as…
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Next-gen Radeon tech demo unveiled

19th Mar 2007 @ 22:10:00 - written by Rys  
Ruby's back, somewhat prematurely we should add, in the technology demonstration for AMD's upcoming next-gen graphics architecture. Grabbed by the HEXUS.tv folks, Whiteout has Ruby up to her usual dangerous and unbelievable antics in a snow-laden environment.
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