Pixar's new animation system allows animators to visualise their characters with all the important detail visible. Like hair!

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

 

Pure computing power is moving on in leaps and bounds. What can you do when you pile everything into a top computer workstation?

Nvidia release "Supercomputer" graphics card

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The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee is home to the worlds fastest supercomputer nicknamed "Titan", Nvidia created the chips that power Titan and have now released a graphics card using the same chip.

4K is just the beginning...

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4K is just a stepping stone on the way to higher resolutions

Computer graphics are improving faster than Moore's law

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.

Can ARM processors take on the desktop?

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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?

The incredible rise of the GPU.

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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.

This article was first published two years ago so some of the information is old. But it's a question that keeps getting asked, and it's a great article - so we thought we'd publish it again. How do you choose between consumer and pro graphics cards? Low cost and high performance are compelling with the lower-end products, but compatability and support are better with the professional versions. Oren Payton explores this in depth

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