NVIDIA agrees to defective GPU settlement

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on October 1st, 2010

NVIDIA has had problems over the last few years with some of its GPUs being defective. This was a widespread issue in 2008 and 2009 with GPUs failing in notebooks from HP, Dell, and Apple. Throughout the entire class action against NVIDIA, the company has maintained its innocence in the issue with the machines.

NVIDIA has finally agreed to a settlement with the company makers and consumers who purchased notebooks with defective MCPs and GPUs. The settlement terms are different depending on the machines. Owners of Dell and Apple notebooks that are affected will get a replacement GPU.

Rambus wins in patent dispute with NVIDIA

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on July 27th, 2010

Rambus an NVIDIA have been fighting a patent war for a while now. Rambus alleges that just about everything that NVIDIA builds infringes on patents it owns.

Rambus took the case to the ITC and sought an injunction barring the import of the infringing products, which is just about everything but Ion from NVIDIA. Today the ITC ruled in Rambus’ favor and granted the injunction.

ATI unveils new embedded E4690 MXM GPU

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2010

The embedded computing market covers a huge variety of products and applications. Embedded systems can be found in vehicles, industry, and all sorts of other gear you might not think has computing power.

ATI has unveiled a new GPU for the embedded market called the E4690 MXM. The GPU is aimed at digital signage, casino games, arcade games, and other GPU intensive applications. The card uses a Mobile PCI Express interface and promises three times the processing power of previous embedded GPUs.

NVIDIA Fermi pushed until March 2010

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on December 28th, 2009

NVIDIA and ATI are always fighting to be the first with new products to market and to have the fastest graphics cards around. ATI had a leg up on NVIDIA in the performance department in the high-end range for a while and NVIDIA is set to launch some new cards to try to take the crown back.

DigiTimes reports that NVIDIA has pushed the launch of its new Fermi architecture DirectX 11 platform until March of 2009. ATI will beat NVIDIA to market with similar 40nm parts with the launch of ATI products expected in January or February.

GPU market grows over 21% in Q3 2009

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on October 27th, 2009

jpr-logoOne of the things that the computer industry is measured by is how many GPUs ship. The more GPUs that ship, the more computers ship. All computers have a GPU of some sort inside them today. The latest figures from Jon Peddie Research for Q3 2009 have been released.

The GPU market grew an impressive 21.2% compared to Q2 2009. AMD was the biggest gainer for the quarter with growth of 30% followed by Intel who grew 21% for the quarter. NVIDIA grew only 3.3% during Q3.

Tritton Technologies offers external GPUs at Best Buy

Posted in Video Cards by Shane McGlaun on August 18th, 2009

see2xtreme-sbHaving multiple monitors on your computer is a great way to get more productivity by being able to get more on the screen at one time. The catch is that notebooks and some desktop computers aren’t made to support more than one monitor.

Tritton has offered external USB GPUs for a while now and the company has now announced that it is offering two of its external GPUs at Best Buy and on BestBuy.com. The GPUs include the UV150 and the See2 Extreme and both plug into a USB port and allow the addition of one monitor.

AMD clobbers NVIDIA for lead in discrete notebook GPUs

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on August 18th, 2009

amdnotebookgpuAMD and NVIDIA are two of the biggest names in the GPU industry. AMD is traditionally the bridesmaid and never the bride when it comes to holding the most market share in the GPU industry. AMD has finally grabbed the crown from NVIDIA in at least one GPU segment.

AMD has announced that new figures from Jon Peddie Research have been released that show it now has the bulk of the discrete GPU market in the notebook segment. According to JPR figures, ATI gained 36.5% market share and grew its quarter-to-quarter shipments 87.27% for the first six months of 2009.

GPU market shows impressive growth in Q2 2009

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2009

jpr-logo-sbThe fates of the computer and GPU market are closely tied together. Poor computer sales means the GPU market is doing poorly. At the same time robust GPU sales means that computers are selling well also. That means that the GPU market can be a great indicator of how the PC market is doing.

Research firm Jon Peddie Research has released its GPU shipment results for Q2 2009. The research firm notes that while the market is still in a recession, Q2 showed signs of improvement. Q1 to Q2 sales traditionally decline according to JPR with summer vacations and consumers getting ready for the fall.

Alienware’s M17X gaming laptop with twin GTX 280M GPUs

Posted in Alienware by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2009

Alienware's M17X gaming laptop with twin GTX 280M GPUsDubbed the “all-powerful” gaming laptop, Alienware just may be onto something here. It features a pair of 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs, a Core 2 Extreme quad-core CPU at the top end with up to 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory, and 1TB of 7200-rpm disk or a 512GB SSD.

RAID 1 or RAID 0. You’ll also get a nine-cell battery, FireWire, 4x USB, eSATA, ExpressCard, 802.11n WiFi, 8-in-1 media card reader, dual-layer Blu-ray, a 1920 x 1200 pixel edge-to-edge LCD, DisplayPort and HDMI-outs all in a package that weighs 11.68-pounds.

DisplayLink offers Linux source code for USB GPUs

Posted in Computer Components,Video Cards by Shane McGlaun on May 18th, 2009

displaylink-sb1USB graphics adapters are a great way for Mac and PC users to add additional screens to their computers without having to open the computer up or install a new video card. DisplayLink reported last week that it had sold 1 million USB GPUs, without support for Linux.

The company has now announced that it will be releasing the source code for Linux under the LGPL agreement to allow developers to build drivers to support DisplayLink GPUs on Linux notebooks, desktops, and servers.

AMD announces factory overclocked HD 4890

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on May 14th, 2009

amdhd4000-sbAMD is fighting hard to gain some momentum in the CPU and GPU market after five consecutive quarterly losses. The way to gain traction in the marketplace with gamers and enthusiasts is to offer products that perform better than or as well as the competition at lower prices.

AMD has announced this week that it is offering the first factory GPU to hit 1GHz. The GPU is included on the Radeon HD 4890 and is overclocked right from the factory using stock air-cooling. The GPU is paired with 1GB of GDDR5 RAM and delivers 1.6 TeraFLOPS of processing power.

DisplayLink sells over a million USB GPUs

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on May 13th, 2009

displaylink-sbNot so long ago if you wanted to add a second or third display to your computer that meant you needed a video card with multiple outputs or maybe even an additional video card. That meant a significant outlay of money and buying new hardware.

DisplayLink came along and made adding multiple monitors as easy as plugging in a USB device. The company says that it has now sold more than one million USB GPUs since it launched. DisplayLink certified GPUs are available in a wide variety of products from many of the largest computer and accessory makers around.

NVIDIA Q1 fiscal 2010 financials in

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on May 8th, 2009

nvidia-logo-sbThe global computer market is down thanks to the poor economy around the world. When the computer market goes down the market for other tech that goes along with the computers drops as well. That means companies providing software and hardware needed for PCs are having a tough time.

NVIDIA is traditionally a very profitable company, but with the global recession, the GPU maker is struggling to get back to profitability. The firm has announced the financial numbers for Q1 fiscal 2010. The GPU maker reports revenue for the quarter was $664.2 million compared to $1.2 billion for the same quarter a year ago.