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NVIDIA Fermi GPU and Architecture Analysis

The timing could barely be better! ATI launch a new line of graphics processors and what do we do?  We finally get round to looking at Fermi.  Alex was at the controls again for this one, beating GF100 in GeForce GTX 470 form up with a new suite of software and a very deep, in-depth analysis of how the majority of the chip and architecture work.  It's the de-facto public analysis and a must read.

AMD launches FireStream 9250 with 200Gflops DP via RV770

17th Jun 2008 @ 22:58:00 - written by Rys  
AMD have announced a new FireStream product based on their upcoming RV770 GPU, with some seriously impressive single and double precision peak rates.
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Larrabee to also be presented at Hot Chips

13th Jun 2008 @ 23:24:00 - written by Arun  
Since the rest of the internet is still at the stage where they're all excited about Larrabee being presented at Siggraph (hint: you guys are ten days late), we thought we'd let you know it will also be presented at Hot Chips, presumably with more of a hardware perspective.
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3G iPhone using same 90nm Application Processor as 2G iPhone?

13th Jun 2008 @ 14:48:00 - written by Arun  
We published an article analysing the likely components of the 3G iPhone, and we stand by just about everything we said now that Apple made the announcement public; however, there is one big exception: the application processor. It looks like it's actually the exact same as in the 2G iPhone.…
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AMD GPGPU solutions get extra support from industry partners

11th Jun 2008 @ 00:03:00 - written by Rys  
A couple of companies producing software solutions that target the GPU and CPU for general purpose programming acceleration have announced partnerships with AMD.
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Microsoft June 2008 DirectX SDK Update

7th Jun 2008 @ 10:36:00 - written by Rys  
Microsoft have released the latest update to the DirectX SDK, for all you Windows games programmers.
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AMD launches External Graphics Solution

4th Jun 2008 @ 17:55:00 - written by Arun  
AMD launched the ATI XGP today, an external graphics solution for notebooks. It was formely known under the codename of 'Lasso', and features a HD3870 512MiB connectable via a special eight-lane PCI Express 2.0 interface to select AMD Puma notebooks. There's more at The Tech Report, so read on...
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NVIDIA Gelato now free; merges with Mental Ray (+NaturalMotion)

2nd Jun 2008 @ 09:20:00 - written by Arun  
A couple of months ago, NVIDIA acquired both Ageia and mental images, companies specialized in physics and offline rendering respectively. Now two new aspects of how they plan to benefit from these moves have come to light...
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NVIDIA: 15-20% Intel chipset share by year end 'seems reasonable'.

23rd May 2008 @ 20:25:00 - written by Arun  
NVIDIA executives talked at the JPMorgan Technology Conference on Tuesday, and several interesting tidbits came up, from their ambitious market share expectations in Intel chipsets to the technical reason for G92 yield problems and the revelation that G92/G92b will last another '6-8 to 12 months'.
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IBM announces PowerXCell 8i, QS22 blade server

13th May 2008 @ 23:23:00 - written by Carl Bender  
IBM today made formal the announcement of an HPC-targeted variant of the Cell B.E. processor, given the name PowerXCell 8i. Featuring re-engineered SPEs with enhanced dual-precision performance and improved memory addressability, the processor is capable of ~102 DP GFlops and support for up to...
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iPhone 3.5G to support 1080p H.264 High-Profile Dual-Stream Decoding?

1st May 2008 @ 14:44:00 - written by Arun  
Yesterday, Imagination Technologies announced that Samsung had acquired a license to manufacture "certain POWERVR SGX graphics and VXD video IP cores". Apple instantly came to everyone's mind, and AppleInsider is partially confirming it. But they don't realize just how massive the implications are.
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NVIDIA GT200 GPU and Architecture Analysis

16th Jun 2008 @ 14:15:00 - written by Arun  
It's finally there: GT200 is the chip NVIDIA is pitting to dethrone its former 18 months old champion, the G80. We won't look into real-world performance just yet, but we've got our usual brand of architecture analysis up right away with more coming in the next few days and weeks.
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Intel's Q8200: Good news for AMD?

13th Jun 2008 @ 19:03:00 - written by Arun  
You'd think a new, cheaper quad-core from Intel would be bad news for AMD. However, it turns out that Intel is going so soft on pricing and performance that this might actually turn out to be good news for AMD compared to most alternative scenarios.
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As Roadrunner Breaks Petaflop Barrier, Heterogeneous Computing in the Spotlight

11th Jun 2008 @ 03:20:00 - written by Carl Bender  
This week, the world of computing officially entered the petaflop era with the announcement that the Los Alamos National Laboratory's 'Roadrunner' had become the first supercomputer in history to cross the psychologically significant threshold of a thousand-trillion calculations per second...
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Article: Analysis of Likely 3G iPhone Components & Consequences

8th Jun 2008 @ 13:35:00 - written by Arun  
There has been an incredible number of rumours on the upcoming 3G iPhone, but little proper analysis of the likely component choices, their technical specifications, and their consequences on the end-product. We hope to fill in that gap with this article, and deliver some useful information to...
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AMD Puma Recap @ The Tech Report

4th Jun 2008 @ 20:50:00 - written by Arun  
The Tech Report just published a quick recap of AMD's Puma platform for low-end/mid-range notebooks yesterday; so if you haven't kept up with with all that or don't even know how many power planes Griffin has (gosh), just go ahead and read the piece.
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Intel Larrabee @ SIGGRAPH 2008

2nd Jun 2008 @ 09:25:00 - written by Arun  
Starting in August, part of the shroud of mystery around Larrabee is going to dissipate: A paper called 'Larrabee: A Many-Core x86 Architecture for Visual Computing' will be presented at SIGGRAPH by its authors, which include Doug Carmean, Tom Forsyth, Michael Abrash, Pat Hanrahan and many others.
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Mildly Recent News v3

28th May 2008 @ 21:30:00 - written by Arun  
In today's edition of yesterday's news, we look at NVIDIA's two latest purchases, P45, GDDR5, Intel's CPU pricing, NV's CSX, and AMD's stand on the 450mm transition.
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Old News v2: A lot of, err, stuff.

20th May 2008 @ 19:30:00 - written by Arun  
Ouch, only two stories in nearly 3 weeks! Good thing the industry has been rather slow so we didn't miss anything too interesting. And GT200/RV770 rumours from people who obviously have no idea what they're talking about don't count, sorry. Either way, let's quickly catch up (link-only)...
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NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI breaks cover

6th May 2008 @ 17:24:00 - written by Rys  
The good folks at the Tech Report have taken their usual thorough look at NVIDIA's latest core logic for AMD processors, and it looks like a winner.
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[Analysis] TSMC 40G to deliver up to 3.76x the perf/mm^2 of 65G & Power Implications

1st May 2008 @ 09:27:00 - written by Arun  
It turns out TSMC's 40nm general-purpose process will be even more impressive than previously expected: we knew it was going to sport 2.35x the gate density of 65nm, but now it turns out it'll deliver 60% higher performance too for a theoretical 3.76x perf/mm² boost. The big question now? Power.
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