3d articles

Augmented reality finally delivers on 3D promise

The disillusionment was practically palpable. 3D was supposed to be the saving grace of a supposedly dying category, and drive a new level of engagement and involvement with media content. Alas, it was not to be, and 3D TVs and…

Amazon to host launch event for 3D-enabled smartphone on June 18

Amazon on Wednesday issued invitations to a launch event scheduled to take place June 18 in Seattle, the company’s hometown. A promotional video for the event accompanied the invitation and while we aren’t shown exactly what’s on the docket, some…

Dropbox is on a spree, buys 3D photo stitching app Bubbli

Just a month after acquiring Loom, a startup that offered photo and video storage to Apple device users, Dropbox made another acquisition yesterday, snapping up 3D photo stitching technology start-up Bubbli. The company sent out an email to its users announcing…

More details on Amazon's 3D-enabled smartphone emerge

More details have emerged about Amazon’s oft-rumored smartphone. In addition to the hardware-assisted 3D effects we previously reported, the device will also feature a unique combination of cameras, sensors and software designed to radically change the way users interact with…

Samsung begins producing faster, more reliable 3D Vertical NAND

Samsung have announced today they have begun mass-producing an improved version of NAND flash memory, known as 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND), that's said to overcome the scaling limits with traditional NAND. The company revamped their Charge Trap Flash architecture to…

The History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Part 4: The Coming of General Purpose GPUs

With DX10's arrival, vertex and pixel shaders maintained a large level of common function, so moving to a unified shader arch eliminated a lot of unnecessary duplication of processing blocks. The first GPU to utilize this architecture was Nvidia's iconic G80.

Four years in development and $475 million produced a 681 million-transistor, 484mm² behemoth -- first as the 8800 GTX flagship and then with cards aimed at several segments. Aided by the new Coverage Sample anti-aliasing (CSAA) algorithm, Nvidia saw its GTX demolish every single competitor in outright performance.

The History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Part 3: The Nvidia vs. ATI era begins

With the turn of the century the graphics industry bore witness to further consolidation. Where 3dfx was once a byword for raw performance, its strengths before its dismissal laid in its full screen antialiasing image quality. By the time 2001 dawned, the PC graphics market consisted of a discrete card duopoly (Nvidia and ATI), with both of them in addition to Intel supplying the vast majority of integrated graphics chipsets.

Prior to the Voodoo 5’s arrival, ATI had announced the Radeon DDR as “the most powerful graphics processor ever designed for desktop PCs.” Previews of the card had already gone public on April 25, and only twenty-four hours later Nvidia countered with the announcement of the GeForce 2 GTS (GigaTexel Shader).