AMD, and NVIDIA before it, has been trying to convince us of the usefulness of its GPUs for general purpose applications for years now. For a while it seemed as if video transcoding would be the killer application for GPUs, that was until Intel’s Quick Sync showed up last year. via AnandTech – What We’ve… Continue reading AnandTech – Testing OpenCL Accelerated Handbrake with AMD’s Trinity
Similarly disappointing for everyone who isnt Intel, its been more than a year after Sandy Bridges launch and none of the GPU vendors have been able to put forth a better solution than Quick Sync. If youre constantly transcoding movies to get them onto your smartphone or tablet, you need Ivy Bridge. In less than… Continue reading AnandTech – The Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770K Review
And with clock speeds topped out and electricity use and cooling being the big limiting issue, Scott says that an exaflops machine running at a very modest 1GHz will require one billion-way parallelism, and parallelism in all subsystems to keep those threads humming. via Nvidia: No magic compilers for HPC coprocessors • The Register. Interesting… Continue reading Nvidia: No magic compilers for HPC coprocessors • The Register
A meta-analysis of the Apple A5X system on chip (from the currently shipping 3rd Gen iPad) New Ipad’s A5X beats NIVIDIA Tegra 3 in some tests (MacNN|Electronista) Apple’s A5X Die (and Size?) Revealed (Anandtech.com) Chip analysis reveals subtle changes to new iPad innards (AppleInsider-quoting Anandtech) Apple A5X Die Size Measured: 162.94mm^2, Samsung 45nm LP Confirmed (Update… Continue reading Apple A5X CPU in Review
Chip designer and chief Intel rival AMD has signed an agreement to acquire SeaMicro, a Silicon Valley startup that seeks to save power and space by building servers from hundreds of low-power processors. via AMD Snatches New-Age Server Maker From Under Intel | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com. It was bound to happen eventually, I guess.… Continue reading AMD Snatches New-Age Server Maker From Under Intel | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com
Quick Sync made real-time H.264 encoding practical on even low-power devices, and made GPU encoding redundant at the time. AMD of course isn’t one to sit idle, and they have been hard at work at their own implementation of that technology: the Video Codec Engine VCE. via AnandTech – AMD Radeon HD 7970 Review: 28nm… Continue reading AnandTech – AMD Radeon HD 7970 Review: 28nm And Graphics Core Next, Together As One
It seems like massive scale multi-core cpus are increasing in popularity. A third party competitor is entering the market with a mobile cpu co-processor. Adapteva is announcing the Epiphany co-processor, but the question is really what’s it good at, and who is going to integrate it into a new phone design. Read On:
Many people have predicted the demise of Moore’s Law, only to have a new process or technology rush in to save the day. Current tools are variations on a theme started in the 1960s by Shockley, Fairchild, Intel and have continued to be refined over the years. Pure research in the tools and technologies underlying semiconductor manufacturing has been going on for decades. Work on Extreme UV has gone on for years, and yet is not widely adopted as the old tools continued to scale downward in the chip rulings. But time is running out and a former principle at ARM is letting the cat out of the bag.
A lot of Augmented Reality today is centered on software developments running on smartphones. Whether they be Android or iPhone doesn’t matter they want those wonderfully powerful embedded computers available to do all the work onboard the device itself. But, what if the device was not required to do all that heavy lifting itself. What if it off-loaded that work to a data center in North Carolina and beamed back the results to your device?
It may surprise some PC Fanboys but on a tower based Macintosh Pro, you cannot just throw any old graphics card into that machine install drivers and expect it to work, Oh Noes. It is like this, Apple tests hardware in small quantities that works with its hardware, engineers samples that Apple will sell as configurable items shipped with sales of new machines. You might get a choice of 3 cards in total with a new machine. After market pickings are even slimmer, and completely dependent on AMD/ATI who have to purpose build and ship a Mac-only version of a graphics card that might be slightly newer or faster (usually not though) version of a 2-3 generation old PC graphics card. It’s insulting. But hope springs eternal, and I see this news story as a ray of light for the Mac Fanboys.