02 Feb RESEARCH PAPER: Physically-Based Rendering Revolutionizes Product Development

During the creation of a physical product, digital assistance in the form of computer automated design software (CAD) enables fast and cost effective development. Such tools allow designers to comprehend correct form and function throughout product development. Concept drawings or renderings provide the earliest insight into the product and set overall expectations. Any difference between […]

23 Jan Chipmakers Get Serious About Autonomous Driving At CES 2017

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Every year at CES, there is a slew of announcements from automakers about their latest connected car or their next futuristic concept. However, one thing missing was the chipmakers that make these things possible. Last year gave us a glimpse of what these companies were doing, but this year Intel, NVIDIA and Qualcomm all announced […]

18 Jan PC Gaming Gets A Big Boost At CES 2017

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Many different PC vendors announced new systems at CES 2017, with some launching entirely new lines of PC gaming hardware. Companies like Lenovo and Samsung Electronics launched new brands for their gaming notebooks, while others like Dell and Hewlett-Packard introduced new products and updated existing ones that had just been introduced late last year. With […]

17 Jan What To Expect in Servers, Storage, Networking, AI and IoT in 2017

Columns Jimmy Pike: Server CPU Predictions For 2017 Karl Freund: Five Things To Watch In AI And Machine Learning In 2017 Karl Freund: What To Expect in 2017 From AMD, INTEL, NVIDIA, XILINX And Others For Machine Learning Mike Krell: Internet Of Things (IoT) Outlook For 2017 Gina Longoria: Five Things To Watch In Enterprise Storage In 2017 John Fruehe: What […]

10 Jan Server CPU Predictions For 2017

2017 promises to be an exciting year for servers and the competitiveness of compute offerings. This year will see this scope of impact not only include enterprise datacenters and the public cloud, but extend to the emergence of “edge computing”. Edge computing is defined as compute required to deal with data at or near the […]

09 Jan NVIDIA Doubles Down On Automotive And Cloud Gaming, Adds Smart Home Capability At CES 2017

At this year’s CES 2017, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang presented in the CES opening keynote his vision for the company’s future to the audience, explaining where he believes the company will succeed in the future. I also liked that Huang simplified AI and graphics so more could understand it. Of the areas where NVIDIA participates […]

06 Jan What To Expect in 2017 From AMD, INTEL, NVIDIA, XILINX And Others For Machine Learning

Without a doubt, 2016 was an amazing year for Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). I have opined on the 5 things to watch in AI for 2017 in another article, however the potential dynamics during 2017 in processor and accelerator semiconductors that enable this market warrant further examination. It is interesting to note […]

06 Jan Five Things To Watch In AI And Machine Learning In 2017

Without a doubt, 2016 was an amazing year for Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). During the year, we saw nearly every high tech CEO claim the mantel of becoming an “AI Company”. However, only a few companies were actually able to monetize their significant investments in AI, notably Amazon, Baidu, Facebook, Google, IBM, […]

05 Jan AMD Discloses Vega Graphics Architecture Details And It Looks Promising

High-end GPUs are all the rage right now. They are driving deep neural net training for artificial intelligence, enabling the growing PC gaming market and next-generation virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality applications. There are only two high-end players in the GPU space, Advanced Micro Devices ‘s Radeon group and NVIDIA. Over the past few […]

04 Jan Intel At CES 2017: ‘It’s On’ In Automotive And 5G And We Still Love PCs

Intel has been on a multi-year journey to diversify themselves from a PC and server play to an IoT leader spanning the endpoint to the datacenter and everything in-between. So far, the company has seen its biggest differential success in the data center maintaining their giant compute share and growing in networking and storage and […]

03 Jan ODG’s New R-8 And R-9 Mixed Reality Headsets Are Powered By Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Osterhout Design Group (ODG) announced with Qualcomm that they would bring two new headsets to the market that are capable of both AR and VR. Both the ODG R-8 and the ODG R-9 head mounted displays (HMD) feature Qualcomm’s latest flagship system on a chip (SoC), the Snapdragon 835. While I have not had a chance […]

03 Jan Qualcomm Debuts Snapdragon 835, Likely The Best Android Chip Of All 2017

Qualcomm had an exceptional 2016 after facing a challenging 2015. They managed a major corporate restructuring plan, stood up to some pushy investors who oddly thought it was a good idea for them to split, finally started to get paid by most Chinese phone manufacturers, got back into the Samsung Galaxy  game with the Snapdragon […]

03 Jan Highlights From MI&S Analysts At CES 2017

(Photo Credit: CES®) Columns Forbes/ Anshel Sag: Chipmakers Get Serious About Autonomous Driving At CES 2017 Forbes/ Mike Krell: 5 Things I Think About CES 2017 Forbes/ Patrick Moorhead: NVIDIA Doubles Down On Automotive And Cloud Gaming, Adds Smart Home Capability At CES 2017 Forbes/ Anshel Sag: ODG’s New R-8 And R-9 Mixed Reality Headsets Are Powered By Qualcomm […]

29 Dec Five Things To Watch In Enterprise Storage In 2017

Enterprise storage has historically been a market that is slow to change, but a number of factors are making this an interesting space to watch right now. Vendors like Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), NetApp, IBM, Pure Storage and others are servicing the storage market with on-premise traditional storage systems and server-based storage products. […]

13 Dec AMD Impresses With Newly-Branded Ryzen CPU Demonstrations And Product Details

Advanced Micro Devices is in the process of slowly unveiling their new CPU, code-named Zen. This drawn-out tease is designed to create a “rolling thunder” of interest and establish premium positioning for AMD’s new Zen processor that eventually culminates with real boxed CPUs and systems shipping in Q1 2017. It appears to be working so far, as interest […]

13 Dec Amazon’s Xilinx FPGA Cloud: Why This May Be A Significant Milestone

Datacenters, especially the really big guys known as the Super 7 (Alibaba, Amazon, Baidu, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Tencent), are experiencing significant growth in key workloads that require more performance than can squeezed out of even the fastest CPUs. Applications such as Deep Neural Networks (DNN) for Artificial Intelligences (AIs), complex data analytics, 4K live […]

12 Dec AMD Enters Deep Learning Market With Instinct Accelerators, Platforms And Software Stacks

Artificial intelligence, machine and deep learning are some of the hottest areas in all of high-tech today. We’ve had a few generations of AI over the last 50 years, but in 2010, IBM kicked off the latest cycle with Watson, using brute-force, Big Data techniques to win jeopardy. The University of Toronto in 2012 pioneered […]

08 Dec Qualcomm Challenges Intel Chip Leadership With 10nm Server And Windows 10 Announcement

While Intel has been dominant in PCs and datacenter, their two biggest income earners, the company has struggled to gain a foothold in mobile. This problem has been exacerbated by the growth of smartphones and tablets, both of which do not run on Intel’s processors and in some cases, replace devices that would use Intel processors. […]

07 Dec Does Qualcomm Have A Real Shot At Competing In The Datacenter?

The server processor market has been pretty boring to watch as Intel, the 800-pound gorilla in this space, has held onto more than 99% market share of unit shipments for the last several years. The industry has been begging for a viable competitor, and several have thrown their hats in the ring, including IBM with OpenPOWER […]

21 Nov Intel’s Apollo Lake Processors Are At The Heart Of Intel’s IoT End Point Strategy

Intel’s perceived position externally in the broader IoT market had been viewed as a bit ambiguous when the company announced its major restructuring back in April of 2016 where the company cancelled many of its upcoming mobile processors. This was true even if mobile can, but doesn’t necessarily, mean IoT. Perception is perception. Now, the company has made progress shifting […]