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Virtual Reality makes a comeback at Game Developers Conference

Virtual Reality makes a comeback at Game Developers Conference

Sony demos prototype VR system called Project Morpheus.   By Kathleen Maher You didn’t ask for it, you didn’t know you wanted it, but the game developing world thinks you might be ready for another round of virtual reality (VR) products. The breakthrough is made possible by the proliferation of low-cost sensors and small screens [...]

Khronos releases OpenGL ES 3.1 specification

Khronos releases OpenGL ES 3.1 specification

New version of the royalty-free 3D graphics API used on virtually all smartphones and tablets adds advanced 3D features and integrated GPU computing. The Khronos Group today announced the immediate release of the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing functionality enhancements to the royalty-free 3D graphics API used on a majority of the world’s mobile devices. OpenGL ES 3.1 [...]

By March 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Dell introduces new entry-level mobile workstation

Dell introduces new entry-level mobile workstation

Precision M2800 starts at $1199, marking a new low price for mobile workstations. Dell today introduced a new mobile workstation that it claims redefines the category. The Dell Precision M2800 is a 15-inch mobile workstation offering ISV-certified and optimized performance, starting at $1,199. The base price makes it the lowest price available for 15-inch mobile workstations. [...]

Add-in board market up in Q4, Nvidia gains market share

Add-in board market up in Q4, Nvidia gains market share

Quarter-to-quarter AIBs shipments increased 3%, and grew 3% year-to-year. Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry’s research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced estimated graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers’ market share for Q4, 2013. Quarter-to-quarter, the market grew 3%, compared to the desktop PC market, which increased 4.45%. On a year-to-year basis, total [...]

By February 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
New benchmark from SPEC promises to become influential

New benchmark from SPEC promises to become influential

SPECwpc is likely to find wide use testing workstations. By Kathleen Maher There is no more contentious battle­field in the high-tech landscape than benchmarks. It was ever true for PCs and workstation and the fight has moved on to mobile, but what is everyone fighting over? Bragging rights mostly. Performance at gaming or on a [...]

By February 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Graphic chip shipments show small rise in fourth quarter

Graphic chip shipments show small rise in fourth quarter

New JPR report says desktop graphics sales up 3% second quarter in a row.  There was a small rise in graphics chip shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the latest market report from Jon Peddie Research. The rise reflects a small increase in PC sales, after several quarters of decline, the second straight [...]

By February 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Startup MarkForged makes composite parts

Startup MarkForged makes composite parts

Carbon fiber must be placed in proper alignment for its intended purpose, making 3D printing more challenging.   By Kathleen Maher The newest 3D printer on the scene comes from an eager bunch of MIT grads. Their invention, the MarkForg3D, is the first desktop automated fabricator that can produce parts reinforced with carbon fiber. Co-Founder [...]

By February 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Lenovo opens its checkbook

Lenovo opens its checkbook

The aggressive computer maker shelled out $5.2 billion for Motorola Mobility and IBM’s server business. By Kathleen Maher Lenovo has been on a spend­ing spree lately, putting out $5.2 billion buying technology and companies. It bought IBM’s x86-based server line for $2.3 billion and Google’s Motorola Mobility business for $2.91 billion. Al­lied Movers are at [...]

By February 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
HP’s Z230: the workstation market leader’s entry-class deskside… sort of

HP’s Z230: the workstation market leader’s entry-class deskside… sort of

Head-to-head tests with competing units from Lenovo and Boxx show the mix of components is the differentiating factor. By Alex Herrera [Editor's Note: Full-size versions of all charts from this article are available at the GraphicSpeak Facebook page.] We’ve had a steady parade of workstations coming through our doors recently for review. They’ve come in [...]

By February 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Bringing computer display to auto dashboard instrument arrays

Bringing computer display to auto dashboard instrument arrays

Rightware’s Kanzi provides the tools for Audi’s Nvidia-powered console. Nvidia and Visteon have big plans, too.  Rightware proudly announced the instrument cluster of the new Audi TT has been created with Rightware’s Kanzi User Interface. The new Audi TT instrument cluster was unveiled at the Audi press conference at CES 2014 earlier this month. Audi [...]

By January 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →