Last week, the news broke that by reaching 4.9% of overall shareholding structure, Japanese tech giant SoftBank had to disclose it silently acquired a $4 billion stake in NVIDIA Corporation, making it the fourth-largest shareholder in the graphics chipmaker. That is not the end of the story, as the news broke that SoftBank plans to further add to their investment in NVIDIA. The 4.9 percent stake in the company triggered the public disclosure as per SEC regulations – any future increase is subject to further regulatory approval. What we are witnessing is just the beginning of investment cycle for SoftBank, which made waves when it acquired ARM
The 2017 is shaping up to be the year of VR, with many industry collaborations being sign on in order to prepare the content and hardware platform coming in the Fall 2016 / Spring 2017 and onwards. For example, Chinese hardware manufacturer Colorful Technology Company Limited recently sent an invitation to Computex, citing they’re launching new generation of graphics cards, motherboards, tablets, mini PC’s, SSD’s and many more. What was hidden in the release was something more impactful to the global scene: “Adorning the Colorful booth further are formal signing ceremony that seal the partnership between Chaintech/Colorful and Shunwang Technology for VR cooperation as well as
Computex Taipei is upon us. Starting on Monday, over 150,000 people will descent onto the capital of Taiwan, a small independent country which is the home to manufactures of our digital life. One vendor not coming out of Taiwan is ZOTAC International, a company operating out of Macau. This brother of Sapphire mostly manufacturers NVIDIA and Intel devices, while Sapphire Technologies is in charge of manufacturing AMD-powered components and devices. “This Computex comes at the right time for us to showcase our technical capabilities with award winning designs,” states Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. “We are extremely thrilled to introduce our lineup of solutions that exhibits our innovation and adventurous
Nvidia Pascal Editor’s Day is taking shape as select group of press, analysts and gaming VIPs are flying to Austin, the capitol of Texas, and then being driven to a W Hotel where the festivities will take place. We already know that Electronic Arts will reveal next installation of Battlefield franchise at 1PM Pacific, 10PM Central European Time while we can now deliver the news that the public part of Pascal Editor’s Day will take place at 6PM Pacific, Midnight Zulu i.e. GMT, and 2AM in Europe. Conveniently for Asian markets, the stream will take place in the morning hours on Saturday, i.e. weekend. Previous launches almost
In just a few days, Nvidia will unveil their mainstream products based on the Pascal architecture. Under the codename GP104 and GP106, Nvidia is preparing the arrival of approximately five different products. GP104 is the more high-end part of the two (i.e. the first derivative of GP100, the big Pascal chip from Tesla P100), scheduled to power GeForce GTX 1060 Ti (6GB GDDR5), 1070 (8GB GDDR5) and 1080 (8GB GDDR5X). GP106 silicon will power the GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5) and 1060 (4GB GDDR5). Just like any GeForce GTX launch, Nvidia’s marketing team loves a good riddle. Good portion of the surprise was out last week, when
Given that we won’t be seeing any high end GPU hardware until the first quarter 2017 (HBM2-powered AMD Vega 10, Nvidia Pascal GP100), the focus for 2016 will be on the mainstream cards. The shift from 28nm to 16nm (Nvidia) and 14nm (AMD) forced the companies to adopt a conservative approach and focus on entry-level and mainstream silicon, rather than the “highest of all ends”. While Nvidia did launch its 15 billion transistor silicon named GP100 i.e. Tesla P100 at the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference, Jen-Hsun Huang did state that real volume shipments will only start in the first quarter of 2017, roughly the same time
A technology rumor website recently published a story detailing the upcoming AMD Polaris 10 GPU, allegedly named “67DF:C4”. As it turns out, a bird sent us screenshots showing the details of the card. While we cannot go into more details in order to protect the source, we can confirm that AMD Polaris 10 engineering samples are varying in clock between 800 and 1050 MHz, depending on the partner. Our original Polaris 10 story is here. What we know so far is that Polaris 10 used to be known as Ellesmere, Baffin is Polaris 11 and Greenland is Vega 10. Apparently, the numbers 10, 11, 12 will not co-relate
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As we are approaching Computex and the majority of press and media analysts are in the plane en route Taipei, companies such as Intel, Nvidia and AMD are polishing their press releases for the first day of the show. One such product is GeForce GTX 980 Ti, a product refresh which does not have a lot to do with ‘refresh’. While the original GTX 980 was based of GM204 GPU, featuring 2048 CUDA cores attached to 4 or 8GB of GDDR5 memory. As you might have guessed, the chip was using 256-bit memory bus. When you combine GPU clock of 1.12 GHz and GDDR5 clock