The Implications of 14nm

While the march to Moore’s Law continues for the semiconductor industry, few process nodes will mean as much as the forthcoming 14nm node. The 14nm node represents a major transition to a new transistor design for the entire industry going forward, a major shift in the economics of semiconductor manufacturing, and a change in the competitive [...]

A New AMD Rises From the Ashes

AMD is mid way through the corporate transformation unlike any it has seen before. The company has remade itself through a nearly complete remake of upper management and by extended its product lines beyond PCs and traditional servers. I have seen AMD from many different viewpoints: as customer, as employee, as competitor, and from the view a [...]

Qualcomm Extends 64-bit to the High-e...

As the industry pushes forward with 64-bit SoCs, Qualcomm leads the way by expanding its 64-bit offerings into high-end applications with the launch of the Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs, hex-core and octa-core mobile SoCs respectively. The new products round out Qualcomm’s 64-bit product portfolio that already includes the 410 announced in Q4 a [...]

The Tricky Economy

Just recently, positive statements about the economy by the US Federal Reserve appeared to signal a shift to a more conservative monetary policy, including a continued reduction in bond buying and future rises in interest rates. However, the US Federal Reserve President, Janet Yellen, delayed any immediate action by indicating no intention on [...]

GPU Cloud Goes Mainstream

Utilizing GPUs in the cloud has been slow to gain traction, but it just received a major boost from the partnership between NVIDIA and VMware announced at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, CA. The collaboration between NVIDIA and VMware will allow desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) to reach beyond basic productivity applications to ad [...]

Cool Tech: Technology Trumps Medicati...

During a keynote at the Graphics Technology Conference (GTC), Dr. Adam Gazzaley from the University of California, San Francisco, demonstrated how technology can be used to improve healthcare and the quality people’s lives. Dr. Gazzaley’s  premise is that current treatments for patients with psychiatric and neurological diseases are doing not [...]

NVIDIA Takes Computing to a New Level

Although GTC is referred to as the “GPU Technology Conference,” GTC is really a conference focused on applications and technology for computational computing. Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA’s CEO, more accurately described the conference during his keynote address as “the Woodstock for computational mathematics,” and the conference never disappoints [...]

Facebook Banks on Virtual Reality

Facebook announced that it will acquire virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR for $2 billion, a rather staggering sum for a company still considered a start-up. Although Antonio Rodriguez, an Oculus board member, indicated that Oculus would be allowed to operate autonomously, it is clear from remarks from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that [...]

Notes on the 2014 Game Developer Conf...

Vintage video games at GDC 2014
Last week was the Game Developer Conference (GDC) held yearly in San Francisco. There was a significant amount of news at this year’s GDC, including the release of a new Khronos OpenGL ES 3.1 graphics API for mobile devices, new Intel desktop processors, Microsoft’s new DirectX 12 graphics API, virtual reality (VR) headset from So [...]

Smartphones – The Ultimate Marketing ...

In the age of marketing gimmicks at every possible turn, it is amazing that the smartphone, the most prominent personal device in the world, has not become the next billboard. Portable Smartphone Battery Pack Smartphone shipments have now surpassed feature phone shipments and continue to grow in new markets and at new price points. In conjunc [...]