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Even cheaper Windows devices are on the way

Even cheaper Windows devices are on the way

Microsoft has tweaked the cost of Windows, making it possible for vendors to ship new entry-level devices priced below $200. At IFA a bunch of Microsoft partners showed off super-low-cost Windows 8.1 devices to compete with Chromebooks. Acer, Asus, and Toshiba have announced sub-$200 Windows tablets or laptops at the show, and other vendors are [...]

By September 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 [...]

By September 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 →
Gaming on a laptop—an Alienware 13

Gaming on a laptop—an Alienware 13

Alienware reclaims its crown as the best performer among gaming notebook. Alienware introduced its first gaming laptop in 2003. It was a challenge then to manage the power, thermals, and deliver gamer performance, but they did it, and established the category. Several other companies copied them over the years, but only Alienware stayed with the [...]

By August 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Encoded puppets for 3D animation modeling

Encoded puppets for 3D animation modeling

The Interactive Geometry Lab at ETH Zurich designs a new way to move and post virtual characters. By Jon Peddie Trying to ma­nipulate and move a model, or an idea, that’s in 3D while dealing with a 2D screen has never been easy. Various at­tempts have been made to give design­ers a 3D control or [...]

Neuro-gaming growing by leaps and bounds and mental truck tosses

Neuro-gaming growing by leaps and bounds and mental truck tosses

This year’s NeuroGaming Conference was four times larger than last year, and four times more interesting. By Jon Peddie Can you control a computer, a car, your appetite, golf swing, or com­puter game with your brain? Alright, yes maybe, yes some of the time, but not yes all the time, reliably and repeatedly. However, with [...]

Nvidia VMware partnership will extend high-performance graphics throughout the enterprise

Nvidia VMware partnership will extend high-performance graphics throughout the enterprise

Nvidia now has access to VMware’s 76% market share in enterprise computing. By Jon Peddie Last week at Nvidia’s annual GPU Tech Conference (GTC) in San Jose, the company announced VMware is adding virtualized GPU (vGPU) support to vSphere, an enhanced suite of tools for cloud computing. That will bring Nvidia GRID technology to its [...]

Review: CorelDraw is a designer’s dream

Review: CorelDraw is a designer’s dream

Even if you lack artistic skill, if you can imagine it, CorelDraw has the tools to realize it. By Jon Peddie Corel recently released its latest version of CorelDraw, Graphics Suite X7. The first thing you notice is the redesigned and highly customizable user interface. The program, or more correctly, the suite of programs, can [...]

HP says they’re back—when did they leave?

HP says they’re back—when did they leave?

Company continues to expand its PC line-up, with new touchscreen all-in-ones and low-cost colorful Chromeboxes. By Jon Peddie I remember when HP bought Compaq in 2001 (for a whopping $25 billion (almost $34 billion in today’s dollars), and it looked like Compaq had acquired HP. All the big iron enterprize stuff was rolled out, some [...]

By March 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Nvidia delivers next-generation mobile gaming GPUs

Nvidia delivers next-generation mobile gaming GPUs

Razor and Lenovo are among the vendors shipping notebook computers with the new chips. By Jon Peddie Nvidia is rolling out the new GeForce GTX 8xxM series just in time for this week’s Game Developers Conference and Nvidia’s own GPU Technology Conference next week. The new chip is designed for gaming laptops and other portable [...]

By March 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →