Items tagged with ICS

Gaming on integrated graphics?  You've got to be kidding, right?  I mean, standalone cards are pushed to the limit by games.  You would expect that a system "saddled" with integrated graphics would be too handicapped.  According to an Intel blog, with the latest release of their G965 integrated graphics chipset drivers, that's not necessarily the case. Traditionally, integrated graphics have been the weaklings of the graphics world – sure there are a lot of them sold, but traditionally they have been practically useless for 3D gaming. Until now that is - G965 has grown some muscle…Until very recently, Intel’s G965 software drivers did not support hardware vertex shading, but rather let the... Read more...
The figures for graphics market share are out for Q2 of 2007. According to John Peddie Research, it appears that Nvidia continues to seize market share away from Intel and AMD. In fact, Nvidia’s market share took another leap this past quarter from Q1, whereas AMD’s market share continued its steady slide. As for Intel, it took a small dive compared to last quarter. “NVIDIA is taking market share mostly from AMD/ATI, but also from Intel. With 19.5 percent of the graphics market, AMD/ATI is now almost exactly where NVIDIA was one year ago at the bottom of the pack, while NVIDIA has moved up into second place to breath down Intel's neck. For Intel's part, the world's largest graphics chip supplier... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday, to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months.  We attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you all here.  We suspect the shots and info regarding the quad-core Phenom-powered system running John Woo’s ‘Stranglehold’ will be of interest, as will the slick notebooks, HTPCs, and hand-held devices.  Check them out at the link below... AMD Consumer Electronics... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday (yes, the same place that Lindsey Lohan had her meltdown a few weeks ago), to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months.  We attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you here. We're sure many of you have already seen some of the items that were on display, but we were able to get a bit more up close and personal with a few of them and can give more insight into their operation.  The various rooms... Read more...
It might seem like a foregone conclusion that using personal electronics during a lightning storm isn’t the brightest of ideas, but apparently nobody told these guys: “Listen to an iPod during a storm and you may get more than electrifying tunes. A Canadian jogger suffered wishbone-shaped chest and neck burns, ruptured eardrums and a broken jaw when lightning traveled through his music player's wires.Last summer, a Colorado teen ended up with similar injuries when lightning struck nearby as he was listening to his iPod while mowing the lawn.Emergency physicians report treating other patients with burns from freak accidents while using personal electronic devices such as beepers, Walkman players... Read more...
Direct from Computex, we have some world exclusive pictures of a still unnamed pair of 45nm Penryn-based quad-core microprocessors from Intel. To combat AMD’s upcoming native, quad-core Barcelona CPU and its accompanying 4x4 platform (QuadFX), Intel is planning to introduce its own, dual-socket, dual quad-core CPU equipped enthusiast platform later this year. With this platform Intel will bring eight cores to the desktop enthusiast space along with a number of other sought after features.                    Although we only have preliminary information... Read more...
Jon Peddie Research Reports First-Quarter PC Graphics Shipments: Nvidia leaps to first place in desktop graphics chips displacing Intel Overall market down 5.5% quarter-to-quarter; laptops soar 24.6% year-to-year TIBURON, CA - May 2, 2007- Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's leading research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced estimated graphics shipments and supplier market share for the first calendar quarter of 2007.  Detailed First-Quarter results are available in the Q1 2007 edition of Jon Peddie's First Look,... Read more...
In order to combat crime in a world dominated by technology, the Secret Service has announced the opening of the National Computer Forensic Institute. The institute, to be built in Hoover, Alabama, is scheduled to open in 2008. The plan is to turn out about 900 computer forensic law enforcement officers each year. High-tech training is increasingly important for police officers, detectives, and federal agents as crime continues its migration onto the electronic byways of the Internet. Unfortunately, the level of training offered to law enforcement is "diverse," as the Secret Service delicately puts it. To better educate US crime fighters, the Service has announced the creation of the National... Read more...
In reaction to the rising number of Chinese youth addicted to the internet, many new centers have opened to help treat these addiction such as The Internet Addiction Treatment Center in China's Daxing county. Half boot-camp and half rehab center, the center uses military discipline coupled with therapy to help treat teens and their addictive cyber-surfing ways. Rehabilitation centers are not the only step China is taking to stop internet addiction, the Chinese government is also cracking down on violent video games as well as restricting the opening of new internet cafes. Combining sympathy with discipline, a military-style boot camp near Beijing is at the front-line of China's... Read more...
According to an article from Engadget, Europe and South Korea are developing a "Robot Ethics Charter" in order to govern the manufacturing and use of robots to including ethical standards. If this wasn't already sci-fi enough, guess where the a great deal of inspiration for the charter is being found? Isaac Asimov's "three principles", a concept from his 1942 book I Robot, is being used as inspiration for both Europe and S. Korea's charters. In the end, when the robots rise, it won't be a cool slathering of mud spread across your thermally trackable meat sack which saves you; it'll be a manifesto. Europe's version is expected next month,... Read more...
Matrox Graphics launches TripleHead2Go Digital Edition New multi-display upgrade supporting dual-link digital-in and triple digital-out Montreal, Canada, March 7th, 2007 - Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, unveils the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, the latest addition to the Matrox line of Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM) featuring digital output support for a stretched desktop of up to 3840x1024 (triple 1280 x 1024)1 across three screens. The all-encompassing TripleHead2Go Digital Edition offers a truly digital-to-digital data path by connecting to the dual-link DVI output of a compatible notebook, desktop or workstation to three digital... Read more...
New AMD Platform Integrates ATI Graphics for The Ultimate Visual Experience For Windows Vista at an Affordable Price -Multiple computer manufacturers committed to offering solutions based on the AMD 690 family- -Merger milestone offers improved customer choice with more than ten motherboard partners on board- Sunnyvale, Calif. -- February 28, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the AMD 690 series chipset, the company's first chipset to bring together the combined strengths of AMD CPU and platform technology with the industry-leading features of the ATI Radeon X1250 GPU. "As a result of the ATI merger, AMD is delivering innovative platforms for the commercial and consumer markets... Read more...
AMD to License Graphics Technology Optimized for Handheld Devices - New Initiative Aims to Enable the Ultimate Visual Experience for Hundreds of Millions of Handheld Devices- SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - February 13, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new business focused on developing and licensing leading-edge graphics core technologies to semiconductor manufacturers throughout the handheld industry. This move is a part of the AMD commitment to enable The Ultimate Visual Experience(tm) across all devices from handhelds to PCs. As a result, new handheld devices developed with AMD graphics technology inside will reach a large audience of customers who want to enjoy stunning user interfaces, immersive... Read more...
AMD to License Graphics Technology Optimized for Handheld Devices - New Initiative Aims to Enable the Ultimate Visual Experience for Hundreds of Millions of Handheld Devices- SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 13, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new business focused on developing and licensing leading-edge graphics core technologies to semiconductor manufacturers throughout the handheld industry. This move is a part of the AMD commitment to enable The Ultimate Visual Experience across all devices from handhelds to PCs. As a result, new handheld devices developed with AMD graphics technology inside will reach a large audience of customers who want to enjoy stunning user interfaces, immersive... Read more...
NVIDIA is proving the saying "Two's Company, Three's a crowd" no longer applies. It is rumored that NVIDIA may have a new three-way SLI setup targeted at mainstream PC enthusiasts. The new take on SLI is supposed to make it's début at CeBIT 2007 where NVIDIA hopes it will steal the focus of the show. Who needs two-way SLI when you've got three-way SLI, right? Reportedly, NVIDIA is readying a new three-way SLI approach that will actually hit "the mainstream," which differs somewhat from the SLI x 4 renditions that currently reside primarily in pre-fab boxes and luxury boutiques. While we've... Read more...
The Inquirer shot a couple of questions over to Intel in regard to the company's discreet GPU plans.  Not many answers, but interesting reading nonetheless... INQ: Does Intel have any plans for GPU on CPU concept? Intel: We continue to work relentlessly with the platform ecosystem to define, develop and deliver platform and technology enhancements that delight our customers. We regularly update the community on advancements in these areas at Intel Developer Forums. Intel hasn't announced any products in these areas at this time.... Read more...
Marco and I are just back from CES and while we're a little weary from all the walking and a red-eye flight from hell back to the east coast, we're on the mend, thankfully.   We had some behind-close-doors time with the folks at Sapphire and got to take a look at some of their new products not yet released to market.  One that caught our particular interest was their dual GPU Radeon X1950 Pro Dual card that utilizes a pair of X1950 Pro GPUs on a single card CrossFire setup.  Check it out.  Though it is a monster design, it's pretty impressive.    In addition, the card also employs a full 512MB per GPU for a total of 1GB per card.... Read more...
There has been a lot of news lately on Set Top Box (STB) System-on-Chip (SoCs) and dual High Definition (HD) mode devices, you can read more here, here and here. The latest news is a dual format, HD DVD/Blu-Ray decoder chip to be manufactured at 65nm for STBs. TMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), the world's leading supplier of ICs for TV Set-Top Boxes (STBs)*, today announced a new dual-video-stream high-definition (HD) decoder chip, the STi7200, intended for STBs, digital video recorders (DVRs) and DVD players. This very highly integrated System on Chip supports both HD DVD and Blu-ray formats, in addition to high-definition satellite and cable... Read more...
Someone caught Asus a little early for CES it seems and was able to snap a shot of a very innovative new product they'll have on display at the show.  Asus' new XG Station will allow any PCI Express compatible graphics card to plug into it and in turn will then provide an interface to an Asus-built notebook external graphics connector. "CES Unveiled - If you think your current notebook is rather wimpy when it comes to graphical power, fret not. Asus has heard the clarion call and decided to help those who want to play The Elder Scrolls - Oblivion in high resolution on the go by unveiling the Asus XG Station at CES. This device... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Broadcom's announcement STB SoC yesterday, STMicroelectronics has announced the STi5107. Integration of the latest security specifications seem to be the biggest selling point of the new chip, although other performance enhancements have been added. STMicroelectronics, the world's largest supplier of silicon chips for set-top boxes (STB)*, has announced the STi5107, a new MPEG decoder for standard definition TV, within the Company's OMEGA family of STB solutions. Using the new device, manufacturers will be able to cut their total component cost and simplify board design and assembly, while offering enhanced security features. The STi5107 is designed to address the requirements... Read more...
EE-Times reports that Intel has invested $12 million dollars to fund the efforts of the Isreali graphics startup Lucid Information Technology. The startup's main focus is currently on a graphics acceleration traffic organizing chipset which will offer support for up to 4 discrete GPU's. Thanks to the dedicated silicon and specific driver which coordinate communication between the CPU and all GPU's, it could very well be possible to see a system running which is comprised of ATI and NVIDIA GPU's. With full-production targeted for the end of 2007, it should certainly be interesting to see what new developments this new product will make in the world of enthusiast gaming.... Read more...
PCPer has a very interesting article on-line today dealing with Ray Traced graphics. Guest writer Daniel Pohl has created new rendering engines for both Quake 3 and Quake 4 that use ray tracing as the draw method instead of the standard rasterization techniques used in all games today. The Q3 and Q4 engines don't run incredibly fast, but the results show a myriad of benefits including being able to take advantage of more and more processing cores simultaneously. "The water in "Quake 4: Ray traced" (https://www.q4rt.de/) uses an animation set of many normal maps to simulate the height differences from the waves. One ray is used for reflection on that normal maps, one ray is used to get... Read more...
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