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Nvidia Fires Back: The Truth About GameWorks, AMD Optimization, and ‘Watch … – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Last weekend AMD issued some bold statements to Forbes about Nvidia’s GameWorks developer program, and how it may have impacted performance of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs on AMD hardware. These claims stretched beyond just Watch Dogs and extended into the greater PC gaming ecosystem, with AMD’s Robert Hallock passionately explaining that GameWorks represents “a clear and present threat to gamers by deliberately crippling performance on AMD products.” Now Nvidia is firing back, intent…

Intel: Rockchip Deal Sign of Struggle, Says Raymond James – Barron’s (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

By Tiernan Ray Some Street observers this afternoon were reflecting on Intel‘s (INTC) announcement today it is casting farther afield to arm itself the battle for mobile computing, partnering with Taiwan’s Rockchip, makers of processors that often go-into low-cost tablets based on Google‘s (GOOG) Android. Intel said the partnership will allow it to speed up the rate at which it brings to market its “Sofia” line of chips for tablets, including…

Intel plans to sell a robot you can customize with a 3D printer – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich showed off a pair of robots on Wednesday, claiming that one of them, powered by its embedded Edison processor, would be available for sale by the end of the year. Intel executives also showed off a prototype “smart shirt” that would replace a sensor mounted on an elastic band, that could be worn by bicyclists or other athletes. It connects to a prototype smartphone app,…

The 3 Reasons Semiconductor Experience Revenue Cycles – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The semiconductor business is notorious for its “Boom-Bust” cycles.  For a couple of years the industry will be highly profitable, then for the next couple of years profits will elude the entire industry. Why is that? When you boil it down, there are only three events that ever cause semiconductor cycles: Capital spending ups and downs Process migration glitches Demand slowdowns Let’s briefly look at each of these. Capital spending…

Watch Dogs: Analyzing the impact of Nvidia’s GameWorks integration and AMD … – ExtremeTech

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Today, Ubisoft is launching its long-awaited Watch Dogs, a 3D open-world game in which the goal is to hack computer networks and take control of data nets to solve puzzles and track down story objectives instead of simply gunning down everyone you meet. Watch Dogs has been held up as a visually stunning title that takes full advantage of modern GPU capabilities — and, notably, it makes prominent use of…

Watch Dogs: Analyzing the impact of Nvidia’s GameWorks integration and AMD … – ExtremeTech

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Today, Ubisoft is launching its long-awaited Watch Dogs, a 3D open-world game in which the goal is to hack computer networks and take control of data nets to solve puzzles and track down story objectives instead of simply gunning down everyone you meet. Watch Dogs has been held up as a visually stunning title that takes full advantage of modern GPU capabilities — and, notably, it makes prominent use of…