Hardware

New AMD FirePro models debut

New AMD FirePro models debut

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 [...]

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Teradici is everyone’s friend

Teradici is everyone’s friend

Film studios and computer vendors want to extend their remote computing. Siggraph was an important show for Teradici. Their PCoIP (PC over IP) is being used by the major hardware vendors including Dell and Lenovo, and at Siggraph 2014 we were told by the studio CTOs and IT chiefs that Teradici has enabled them to [...]

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AMD introduces new ray tracing technology

AMD introduces new ray tracing technology

With 47 ray tracing products on the market, where will it fit in? By Jon Peddie Ray tracing (RT) is to CG as a Mars lander is to NASA—the ultimate goal, dream, and pursuit. At one time or another, almost every company that has ever had anything to do with computer graphics has either bought [...]

By August 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Digital Reality

Design for Manufacturing Summit; discounts for GfxSpeak readers

Design for Manufacturing Summit; discounts for GfxSpeak readers

Design for Manufacture Summit offers discount to GfxSpeak readers

Minko + Oculus + Leap = Everyman as Tony Stark

Minko + Oculus + Leap = Everyman as Tony Stark

Aerys debuts its 3D world editor and supporting 3D engine, and shows off applications in both engineering and game development. Thousands of engineers and game developers overheated when the first Iron Man movie debuted in 2008. It wasn’t about the action scenes or the characters; it was about the holographic design technology, an interface to [...]

Matterport brings 3D cloud tools to the masses soon

Matterport brings 3D cloud tools to the masses soon

Cloud-based point cloud camera to shrink in size and price. As the Matterport Pro 3D camera gently spins, it captures the colors and contours of a space—and calculates dimensions and spatial relationships between objects. Unlike more expensive laser-based systems that require significant hours of work to create a single 3D model, Matterport claims their Matterport [...]

MFG & PLM

Design for Manufacturing Summit; discounts for GfxSpeak readers

Design for Manufacturing Summit; discounts for GfxSpeak readers

Design for Manufacture Summit offers discount to GfxSpeak readers

Daimler certifies SolidThinking Inspire for company-wide use

Daimler certifies SolidThinking Inspire for company-wide use

Organic inspiration at the earliest stages for automotive design engineers. Auto manufacturer Daimler AG has officially certified SolidThinking Inspire for company-wide use. Part of the HyperWorks engineering suite from Altair, SolidThinking Inspire enables design engineers to quickly create and investigate structurally efficient concepts. With the Daimler certification, all design engineers within the car and truck [...]

Autodesk releases PLM 360 Mobile apps

Autodesk releases PLM 360 Mobile apps

Android and iOS versions connect to the cloud-based PLM. Autodesk has released mobile apps for its PLM 360 suite, extending the capabilities of its cloud-based system beyond the desktop. The Android and iOS versions are identical, taking a dashboard approach to connecting to the workgroup’s PLM installation. Autodesk says PLM 360 is in “active use” at [...]

DCC

Bypassing animation complexity

Bypassing animation complexity

Akeytsu from French start-up Nukeygara provides only the necessary features for 3D character rigging and motion; “our clients are creatives, not engineers.” The current generation of top animation software is the result of a 20-year arms race, with each product seeking to offer more features—with resulting additional complexity—in each release. The result, says Nukeygara CEO [...]

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Google acquires cloud rendering service Zync

Google acquires cloud rendering service Zync

Zync offers an on-demand render farm service that scales from one core to thousands of CPUs. Amazon loses a small but influential cloud services reseller. Google has acquired Zync, which offers a cloud-based rendering service for special effects. The small firm has previously provided render farm services for recent films including Flight, Transformers: Dark of [...]

Clarisse iFX wants animation artists to start with the finished look

Clarisse iFX wants animation artists to start with the finished look

The high-end 3D/3D tool fuses animation with compositing and 3D rendering, allowing artists to work with full effects on all the time. Every year at Siggraph there are one or two products that cause people to say to one another, “Have you see ____?” This year in Vancouver one of those products was Clarisse iFX [...]

BIZ

Google acquires cloud rendering service Zync

Google acquires cloud rendering service Zync

Zync offers an on-demand render farm service that scales from one core to thousands of CPUs. Amazon loses a small but influential cloud services reseller. Google has acquired Zync, which offers a cloud-based rendering service for special effects. The small firm has previously provided render farm services for recent films including Flight, Transformers: Dark of [...]

Graphics board shipments down 17% in second quarter

Graphics board shipments down 17% in second quarter

Nvidia continues to hold a dominant market share position. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) reports shipments of graphics add-in cards (AIBs) dropped 17.6% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2014. JPR says AIB shipments behaved according to past years with regard to seasonality, but the decrease was more than the 10-year average. On a sequential basis [...]

JPR to host Remote Graphics and Virtualization Conference

JPR to host Remote Graphics and Virtualization Conference

Virtualize is for graphics industry professionals looking for greater efficiency. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) will host a one-day conference this October on the use of virtualization technology for graphics-intense applications. Virtualize: The Remote Graphics and Virtualization Conference, will offer real-world guidance to industry professionals looking for ways to achieve greater efficiency in their organizations through [...]

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