The incredible rise of the GPU.

Published in Technology & Computing

Guest author Rakesh Malik tells a short history of Intel and how graphics processing units (GPUs) came to steal the thunder of the giant chip maker.

11 teraflops, 12GB GDDR5X, around $1,200...Craig Marshall on Nvidia’s latest Pascal-generation graphic card which even the company itself suggests boasts ‘an irresponsible amount of power’.

While our industry gazes at the 8K horizon, significant developments are arising from surprising sources.

Ray Tracing has always produced the most spectacular results of all CGI techniques. We've all seen those images of chrome balls on chess-boards, with every reflection - even between multiple balls - faithfully rendered. And "rendered" is the important word here, because, until now, real-time ray tracing on anything other than a supercomputer has been impossible.

We thought it was pretty remarkable when Nvidia announced their new Tegra 4 chipset that will bring 4K capabilities to tablets and phones. And it is. But it's no longer unique. To pretty much everyone's surprise, Qualcomm said yesterday that they too were going to release a 4K video-capable chipset too

Recreating the original Bank of England for HP

Published in Post & VFX

HP is inviting architects, rendering specialists and architecture enthusiasts to help it recreate history and digitally rebuild Soane’s Bank of England.

Can ARM processors take on the desktop?

Published in Technology & Computing

Strong ARM: For years, the ARM processor family has been one of the best selling processors in the world, outselling even the mighty x86 by orders of magnitude. Can it now take on the desktop?

Most of us despair when we see technology and science presented to a non-technical audience on TV. It's not easy to explain stuff in the short time available, but often it's over-simplified to the point of being nonsensical. So how does a national UK broadcaster deal with the topic of 4K?

Imagine a world…

World's fastest video codec can handle 16K

Published in Technology & Computing

Post specialist Cinegy has unveiled what it thinks is the world’s fastest codec, DANIEL2, capable of decoding up to 1100 frames per second of 8K video.

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