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Posts from — December 2008

Future iPhones to wield OpenCL acceleration

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Imagination Technologies has posted a series of job openings for OpenCL engineers, indicating that the open, general purpose GPU parallelism technology Apple spearheaded for use in Mac OS X Snow Leopard is destined to also play a significant role in boosting embedded graphics and video acceleration on the company’s future handheld products.

Imagination’s job postings include an OpenCL Compiler Senior Design Engineer, OpenCL Driver Design Engineer, and OpenCL Compiler Design Engineer. Each requests experience with “embedded real-time operating systems” as well as kernel and assembly language development skills, and indicate a focus on “software for current and next generation graphics hardware.”

AppleInsider | Future iPhones to wield OpenCL acceleration

December 20, 2008   3 Comments

OpenCL and OpenGL take on DirectX

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

The broad industry support Apple is building around OpenCL will help increase the critical mass behind OpenGL, the 2D and 3D graphics language Apple uses extensively in Mac OS X. Since the mid 90s, Microsoft has worked to prevent the adoption of OpenGL as an interoperable industry standard in favor of its own proprietary DirectX portfolio of graphics software and gaming tools.

OpenCL and OpenGL take on DirectX

December 18, 2008   1 Comment

Apple finally outed as mysterious PowerVR licensee

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

New evidence that Apple is the mysterious licensee of Imagination Technologies Group’s PowerVR mobile graphics technology broke today, when the company publicly announced that Apple has subscribed to 8 million new shares of IMG, giving the iPhone maker a 3% stake in the firm. A press release also revealed Apple to be a licensee of Imagination’s technology.

Apple finally outed as mysterious PowerVR licensee

December 18, 2008   No Comments

Why Did Apple Bail On Macworld Expo?

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Daniel Eran Dilger

Sometimes it feels odd to have to explain why a company such as Apple, which can generate tremendous waves of publicity by simply sending out “event” post cards as a press release at any point throughout the year, might want to bail out of Macworld Expo, an event it does not control, does not really benefit from, is poorly positioned within the year for new product announcements, and has limped along on life support for years just like every other trade show in the terminally ill industry, even before the economic crisis really hit.

Who exactly could be surprised by Apple’s move, apart from the pseudo-journalistic tech punditry circle that has for so long confused the role of reporting events in the tech industry with trying to mold public opinion through its tiresome cacophony of forcefully stated, but poorly thought out opinions?
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December 17, 2008   48 Comments

NVIDIA pioneering OpenCL support on top of CUDA

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

NVIDIA, Apple’s new MacBook chipset partner, is working hard to provide seamless support for OpenCL, the cross platform API Apple developed for Snow Leopard to create a vendor neutral, open specification for parallel programming across any compliant GPU.

AppleInsider | NVIDIA pioneering OpenCL support on top of CUDA

Khronos: OpenCL

December 10, 2008   4 Comments

Cellphone vendors could exit business if economy remains bleak

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Mobile phone makers are sounding alarms to their investors cautioning that mobile sales are down and likely to only get worse in 2009. However, Apple’s iPhone is uniquely positioned within the safer smartphone market, a segment that is expected to continue to grow next year.

Cellphone vendors could exit business if economy remains bleak

December 9, 2008   5 Comments