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It is not a foregone conclusion that NVIDIA will end up acquiring Arm, a move that would send shockwaves through the technology industry. That's because NVIDIA may not be the only suitor. Samsung is reportedly interested in buying a stake in Arm as well, albeit a relatively small one (as opposed to acquiring the company outright). Arm's parent company, Softbank, is shopping the semiconductor designer around, and may have multiple suitors. And with good reason—Arm's intellectual property is found in a wide range of designs and hardware in almost every home. From smartphones to a growing base of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and even computer servers, Arm's technology is practically everywhere... Read more...
Last week we reported that NVIDIA was keenly interested in purchasing Arm Holdings in an effort to bolster its growing chip ambitions. Softbank acquired Arm back in 2016 for $31.4 billion, but recently has been looking for a buyer to take the company off its hands as it looks to pay down its debt. A new report from Bloomberg alleges that NVIDIA and Softbank are getting even closer to an acquisition deal for Arm. In fact, sources for the publication allege that a deal could be reached “in the next few weeks”. Further solidifying NVIDIA’s chances at securing a deal for Arm, it’s being reported that NVIDIA is the only company currently in any... Read more...
Stop what you are doing, go into the kitchen, and grab your container of salt. We'll wait. Still waiting. Okay, now that you have gone and grabbed a whole bunch of grains of salt, lets get to the latest next-generation GeForce RTX rumor. According to the recent chatter, the GeForce RTX 3090 will be around 50 percent faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in 3DMark's Time Spy Extreme benchmark. What is that based on? Well, this is where the salt comes in handy. A pair of established leakers on Twitter posted the information, but without any links or graphs or...anything, really. It is basically banter, presumably on some kind of discovery or inside knowledge. Here is the interesting exchange... KatCorgi:... Read more...
For the third time in a row, NVIDIA ran a clean sweep of MLPerf's set of AI and machine learning performance benchmarking suite. This time, however, the distinction of fastest GPU went to NVIDIA's A100 Tensor Core graphics solution, which is based on the company's 7-nanometer Ampere architecture that was recently introduced. "The A100 Tensor Core GPU demonstrated the fastest performance per accelerator on all eight MLPerf benchmarks. For overall fastest time to solution at scale, the DGX SuperPOD system, a massive cluster of DGX A100 systems connected with HDR InfiniBand, also set eight new performance milestones," NVIDIA stated in a celebratory blog post. MLPerf is an industry benchmarking group... Read more...
Back in early June, we reported that AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su quickly shot up the ranks to become the highest paid CEO among the S&P 500. Su, who has helmed AMD since 2014, made a number of bold decisions that have allowed the company to claw away market share from longtime rival Intel, not only in the mainstream processor market but also in the highly lucrative enterprise sector. AMD’s Rise Under The Leadership Of Dr. Lisa Su AMD's (and Su's) laser-like focus has greatly improved the company’s fortunes. In early trading this morning, AMD shares shot up over 12 percent to around $67/share. While AMD stock has been on an upward trajectory all year long, this particular... Read more...
There is already plenty of excitement in anticipation of NVIDIA porting its Ampere GPU architecture over to the consumer market with its next round of GeForce RTX graphics cards, and adding to the hype is an early look at some benchmarks, albeit for the machine learning version (A100). Compared to Turing, the benchmark data shows Ampere way out ahead. The benchmark data was shared on Twitter by Jules Urbach, CEO and co-founder of of OTOY, a cloud graphics company. He ran the Ampere GPU through a round of testing in OctaneBench, which is based on OTOY's OctaneRender application. Here is a look at the results... Source: OTOY "A record breaking week. The NVIDIA A100 has now become the fastest GPU... Read more...
If rumors are accurate, or if where there is smoke there is usually fire, we could be soon witnessing a major shakeup in the chip industry. Multiple mainstream business press outlets are reporting this evening that NVIDIA is making a serious run at Arm, which is owned by Japanese mega-corporate holding company, SoftBank. As you might recall from earlier this month, rumors were swirling that SoftBank was looking to offload Arm, which it purchased back in 2016 for $31.4 billion in cash. Arm chip architecture designs and IP are employed across multiple industries, including numerous gadgets and hardware products that consumers take for granted. From your smartwatch to your smartphone, to your tablet... Read more...
NVIDIA has partnered with the University of Florida (UF) to build an artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputer that will be the fastest in all of academia. Or more specifically, it will be capable of a whopping 700 petaflops of AI performance, made possible by enhancing the university's existing HiPerGator supercomputer with NVIDIA's DGX SuperPod architecture. This essentially represents an infusion of NVIDIA's DGX A100 systems, each of which wields eight Tensor Core GPUs based on the company's 7-nanometer Ampere architecture. And each of those GPUs touts 54 billion transistors capable of delivering 5 petaflops of performance in a single node, along with the ability to handle 1.5TB of data per... Read more...
Turn out the lights, the party's over. The Turing GPU party, that is. Well, not officially, but you can assume the party is winding down to some degree, with NVIDIA getting ready to launch a new round of consumer graphics cards based on its Ampere GPU architecture. As it prepares for that day, rumor has it NVIDIA is discounting its GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and several other GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards. NVIDIA's 7nm Ampere GPU has already arrived, of course, though so far only in high performance computing (HPC) form. A consumer launch is still around the corner. Leading up to the launch, there has been an avalanche of leaks and rumors pointing to next-gen GeForce RTX 3000 series cards, including... Read more...
I suspect that by the end of this summer, we will finally have some official clarity on what the next round of graphics cards will bring. Reinforcing that notion is a fresh rumor claiming NVIDIA has taped out a pair of mainstream Ampere cards headed for the consumer market, those being the GeForce RTX 3060 and Geforce RTX 3050. They are considered mainstream in the sense that they are not professional graphics cards, like the Quadro series, nor do they fall into that in-between category served by the Titan RTX. They will still cost a chunk of change, though. For reference, the GeForce RTX 2060 launched at $349. It remains to be seen if Ampere will represent a price bump at each model tier. We... Read more...
Now might not be the optimal time to invest in a new GPU—both NVIDIA and AMD have new graphics cards on the horizon, built around Ampere and RDNA 2 (Big Navi), respectively—but if you absolutely can't wait, you can score a nifty bonus. If you buy a GeForce RTX series graphics card, that is. Purchasing a qualifying card and you will receive Death Stranding at no additional cost. The bundle promotion arrives just a few days before Death Stranding releases to PC on next Tuesday, July 14. Death Stranding will come out of the gate with support for NVIDIA's second generation Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS 2.0) technology. Simply put, DLSS 2.0 works well, and is much improved over the... Read more...
NVIDIA has, for the first time, surpassed Intel to take the crown as the most valuable chipmaker in the United States. NVIDIA did this after its shares rose 2.3% in afternoon trading on Wednesday to reach $404 per share. When the stock hit that price per share, the company's market capitalization came in at $248 billion. On the same day, Intel's market capitalization was $246 billion. Intel was once the leading chipmaker in the entire world but has been on the decline amid fierce competition from NVIDIA and rival chipmaker AMD, among others. One move that has enabled NVIDIA to grow so much in recent years was its expansion outside of its traditional market of computer gaming chips into hardware... Read more...
It will probably be another month (hopefully) or two (hopefully sooner) before NVIDIA officially lifts the curtain on its next round of GeForce RTX graphics cards, based on its newest Ampere GPU architecture. In the meantime, the leak and rumor scene continues to buzz. The latest supposed leak claims to detail the specifications for two upcoming models, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070. Ampere itself is already official. NVIDIA formally introduced the part in May for the high-performance computing (HPC) market, in the form of the A100. That part boasts 54 billion transistors, 6,912 FP32 CUDA cores, 432 Tensor cores, and 108 streaming multiprocessors, along with 40GB of HMBe2 memory.... Read more...
The good people at Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island have been helping kids with critical health conditions make their dreams come true for decades now. Founded in 1980, Make-A-Wish "grants wishes for children between the ages of 2½ and 18 years of age with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. For a child with a life-threatening illness, a wish fulfilled provides profound joy and lasting hope to keep fighting and dreaming for the future." In its 32-year history, the organization has granted over 8,500 wishes for children in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area.  Recently, we were fortunate enough to... Read more...
It appears as though NVIDIA has silently added another Turing GPU option to its lineup, with at least one of its hardware partners already taking advantage of the new part. That would be Galax (also known as Galaxy), which is one of several brands owned by Palit Microsystems. Galaxy has begun advertising a new GeForce GTX 1650 Ultra. The "Ultra" could just be a custom model designation by Galax, similar to how EVGA sells "Ultra Gaming" variants, to offer one example. Or it could be a brand new tier in NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 16 series. As of this writing, however, here is how the GeForce GTX 16 series shakes out on NVIDIA's website... GeForce GTX 1660 Ti—TU116-400-A1 GPU GeForce GTX 1660 Super—TU116-300-A1... Read more...
One of NVIDIA's major selling points when it introduced its GeForce RTX graphics cards based on Turing was the presence of dedicated RT cores to handle ray-traced visuals. It has been somewhat of a slow march to ray-traced territory by developers, though things have certainly improved. And looking ahead, Cyberpunk 2077 will embrace ray tracing effects in a big way. Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games in recent history. We are optimistic it will live up to the hype. It should certainly look gorgeous, if nothing else, from what we have seen so far. "In addition to featuring CD Projekt Red’s fantastic open-ended gameplay, Cyberpunk 2077 is also blessed with jaw-droppingly beautiful,... Read more...
Each Thursday NVIDIA offers up details on new games it is adding to the GeForce NOW game streaming service. This Thursday sees the addition of 16 new games to the service, including Danger Scavenger and Stranger Things 3: The Game. The full list of new games added this week is below: Danger Scavenger (new game launch on Steam – 6/22) Stranger Things 3: The Game (Epic Games Store - Free on 6/25) Disco Elysium (Epic) Farming Simulator 19 (Epic) Just Cause 4 Reloaded (Epic) Idle Big Devil Spintires SAMURAI SHODOWN NEOGEO COLLECTION (Epic) Snake Pass Surviving The Aftermath (Epic Games Store) Tale of Wuxia: The Pre-Sequel Tunshi Kongming Legends Warhammer Underworlds Online A few other games... Read more...
The refresh rate wars are getting to be insane these days with gaming monitors, and Acer is throwing its hat into the ring again with its new Predator X25. As its name implies, the monitor measures 25 inches diagonally, but its claim to fame is no doubt the dizzying 360Hz refresh rate. 360Hz is absolutely bonkers, especially when you consider that most gamers would be wholly satisfied with a 240Hz or even 144Hz gaming monitor. But for those eSports gamers that want every possible advantage over the competition with their twitchy reflexes, this just might be the ticket. In addition to its insane refresh rate, the Predator X25 features a 1080p resolution, which again is ideal for eSports gaming,... Read more...
Back in March Microsoft announced DirectX 12 Ultimate, which is the latest in a long line of application program interfaces (API) that has served as the middleman between the games you play and the high-end gaming hardware that you have installed in your system. DirectX 12 Ultimate is being billed as a unifying force between feature sets and programming for both Windows 10 and the upcoming Xbox Series X gaming platforms. Today, NVIDIA is claiming bragging rights as the first GPU vendor to deliver full compliance for DirectX 12 Ultimate with the release of its latest public Game Ready and Studio drivers. Although we should mention that this revelation shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise,... Read more...
NVIDIA has over the years signed some big names in the automotive world for its DRIVE platform, and the company is making a big announcement in conjunction with one of the leaders in the premium sector: Mercedes-Benz. Next-generation Mercedes vehicles will leverage NVIDIA’s future DRIVE platform that is powered by the Orin SoC. Orin is based on 7nm Ampere architecture and can scale in implementation from as little as 5W in low-end configurations to as high as 800W for Level 5 autonomous robotaxis. Mercedes says that the hardware/software solution will provide Level 2 and Level 3 autonomy, along with automated parking functionality that scales up to Level 4. Using a combination... Read more...
A little over five weeks ago, NVIDIA officially introduced its long-anticipated Ampere GPU architecture to the server and high performance computing (HPC) markets. We are still waiting for Ampere to manifest in consumer graphics cards, like the GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080. Meanwhile, NVIDIA anticipates Ampere will find its way into more than 50 high performance servers by the end of the year. According to NVIDIA, its hardware partners are placing orders for Ampere at a higher clip than they have for any previous GPU. "Adoption of NVIDIA A100 GPUs into leading server manufacturers’ offerings is outpacing anything we’ve previously seen," said Ian Buck, vice president and general... Read more...
Ampere is going to be a beast when it arrives in consumer PCs, according to the latest leaked benchmark discovery. Over at 3DMark, there is a private listing for an unnamed NVIDIA graphics card, which is likely a GeForce RTX 3090 or GeForce RTX 3080 of some sort, and it blows a typical GeForce RTX 2080 Ti out of the water. Before we get to the benchmark data, let's talk about Ampere. The next-generation GPU represents NVIDIA's shift to a 7-nanometer node. It already debuted last month in machine learning form (A100), and it is widely expected NVIDIA will launch Ampere in consumer form later this summer, or early fall (August or September-ish). Prominent leak detectives have been sleuthing the... Read more...
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