Posts Tagged ‘intel’

Apple refreshes MacBook Pros, Drops NVidia for AMD/Intel

Apple has just refreshed the MacBook Pro line of hardware with some impressive new offerings, dumping the previously used NVidia chips for Intel Sandy Bridge and AMD Radeon chips.  Just check out what you get for $1800: 15-inch MacBook Pro – No more Core i5 options for the middle child — these two strictly get […]
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CPU vs GPU, from Intel, Luxology, Keyshot and Maxwell

A new whitepaper from Intel brings in some statistics and stories from Luxology, Luxion, and Modo on the power of CPU’s for ray-tracing and how they can smoke any GPU on the market with CPU-only solutions. “Modern GPUs offer a brute force solution to ray tracing, but the memory available to GPUs is relatively limited […]


NVIDIA & Intel Settle with $1.5B Licensing Agreement

In a move that signals the recent Sandy Bridge announcements are more than just fluff, Intel and NVidia have signed a new licensing agreement  for the next 6 years to the tune of $1.5Billion USD and the end of all current legal disputes. Under the new agreement, Intel will have continued access to NVIDIA’s full […]

What is an APU?

What is an APU? Well, the short answer is that it is an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). But what does that really mean? For AMD, it means that a low end graphics processing unit (GPU) is being combined with a traditional x86 CPU. The real question that I have is, what will this do to […]

SC10: New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees at Intel Booth

This video was taken at SC10 in New Orleans when the New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees was interviewed at the Intel booth. Drew talks about the number of surgeries that he has been through, all due to football, of course. He also talks about whether or not he wants his sons to take up […]

Apple to tap Intel & AMD graphics for future MacBooks

On January 5th at the Consumer Electronics Show, Intel will announce Sandy Bridge. Sandy Bridge is a 32 nm CPU which is combined with an on-die GPU. This on-die GPU shares the L3 cache of the CPU, and doubles the performance of Intel’s HD Graphics today. CNET News is reporting that future MacBooks will be […]


Nvidia chips in 200 new notebooks in 2011, with Sandy Bridge

In what might be proof of the earlier rumors about a settlement between NVidia and Intel, NVidia has just announced that an impressive 200 new laptop designs in 2011 will feature Nvidia’s latest mobile chips.  Then, Jen-Hsun dropped a little bombshell: several of these will also come with Intel’s own Sandy Bridge. Chief exec Jen-Hsun […]

Intel and NVIDIA Request Trial Delay

Big news in the tech sector today is that the Intel & NVidia trial that was supposed to begin on December 6th has possibly been postponed at the request of Intel & NVidia for reasons ‘concerning licensing issues’.  Lots of people seem to think this is indication that a settlement is on the horizon. But […]

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Intel® Announces OpenCL SDK

Possibly to compete against NVidia & PGI’s ‘CUDA x86‘ offering, Intel has announced at SC10 that they have a new OpenCL SDK enabling executing of OpenCL code on Intel x86 Processors, currently only on Windows Vista & Windows 7. OpenCL* is an emerging standard from the Khronos Group industry consortium. As a Khronos founder and […]

MLAA (MorphoLogical AntiAliasing) on the GPU using Direct3D9.0

Nicolas Vizerie took a look at Intel’s paper on MorphoLogical Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) recently and became intrigued, but noticed that the original algorithm wasn’t well suited for use with GPU Pixel Shaders.  He did some work, and now has a demonstration working on an nVidia 8700MGT. The original technique is not very suitable to GPU with […]

Graphics Comparison Tables: Quadro and Intel GMA

Earlier today we showed you the slide of the various AMD Radeon cards.  Turns out, they’re not the only ones around right now. HardwareSecrets has a great breakdown of the many Intel Integrated Graphics chips on their site. NVidia has a nice PDF (View Online) of the many Quadro offerings (including the previous generation and […]

Intel’s Media Offerings and The Power of Xeon Processors

A pair of whitepapers from Intel showcase that you can still do plenty of graphics and media things without a GPU, and do it quote well. The first one is more of a whitepaper, where the LA-based “Bandito Brothers” media company talks about using Xeon processors with Adobe Creative Suite 5 to process some of […]