Computer Graphics World

Aug/Sept 2012

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Graphics Shipments Increase in Q2 J on Peddie Research (JPR) revealed its findings for the estimated graphics chip ship- ments and suppliers' market share for the second quarter. And, the news was good— for most. Intel had gains in both desktop (13.6%) and notebook (3.8%), led mostly by Sandy Bridge. Nvidia gained in the notebook discrete segment (6%), and AMD saw gains in the discrete desktop category (2.5%). This was a good, if not a great, quarter for the suppliers. Graphics shipments during Q2 '12 bucked the downward PC trend and rose 2.7% from last quarter as compared to -1.5% for PCs overall. The popularity of 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% -10% -20% Quarter-to-quarter change — JPR Change from Q4 to Q1, 10-year av: -3.16% Change from Q1 to Q2, 10-year av: 7.15% 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 The quarter's change in total shipments from last quarter decreased 0.8%; the 10-year average is 3.1%. Source: Jon Peddie Research tablets, combined with the persistent five-year recession, have been contributing factors that have altered the nature of the PC market. None- theless, the CAGR for PC graphics from 2011 to 2016 is 6.3%, and JPR expects the total shipments of graphics chips in 2016 to reach 688 million units. The 10-year average change for this quarter is a growth of 2.27%. This quarter is ahead of the average, with a 2.5% increase. The Quarter in General ■ AMD's total shipments of heterogeneous GPU/CPUs, ie APUs, dropped 13.8% in the desktop from Q1 and 6.7% in notebooks. Ironically, the company had a 55.8% increase in notebook IGPs, but it was only 300,000 units. ■ Intel's desktop processor graphics EPG shipments increased from last quarter by 6.3%, and notebooks showed double-digit growth of 13.9%. ■ Nvidia's desktop discrete shipments dropped 10.4% from last quarter; however, the company increased mobile discrete shipments 19.2% largely due to share gains on Ivy Bridge, which included ultrabooks. The company will no longer report IGP shipments. ■ Year to year this quarter, AMD shipments declined 1.6%, Intel shipped almost 20% more parts, Nvidia shipped fewer parts (-22.0%) but that was because it exited the IGP segment, and VIA saw shipments slip by 18.2% over last year. ■ Almost 126 million graphics chips shipped, up from 122 million units in Q1 and up from 118 million units shipped in Q2 2011. ■ Total discrete GPUs (desktop and notebook) increased a modest 0.5% from the last quarter and were down 7% from last year for the same quarter due to the same problems plaguing the overall PC: continued HDD shortage, macroeconomics, softness in Western European market, and the impact of tablets. Overall the trend for discrete GPUs is up, with a CAGR to 2015 of 5%. ■ Ninety percent of Intel's non-server processors have graphics, and over 68% of AMD's non-server processors contain integrated graphics. 4 August/September 2012 Maxon Rolls Out Cinema 4D R14 Maxon has unveiled Release 14 of its Cinema 4D, which includes a new, fully integrated sculpting system, new camera matching functionality, the debut of exchange plug-ins to two key applications (The Foundry's Nuke and Adobe's Photoshop Extended), and improved integration with Adobe's After Effects. Packed with other workflow enhancements, R14 will enable creative professionals to produce 3D content more fluidly and collaborate more efficiently. Maxon is offering four versions of Cinema 4D, each geared to 3D artists in different industries. Multiple enhancements in R14 offer artists a more flexible tool set to achieve greater rendering realism and compositing control. New and improved shaders and materials are now available for simulating wood grain, weathering effects, and normal mapping. Global Illumination has been enhanced with new technolo- gies, such as Radiosity Maps and the unified sampler from the Physical Renderer. Also, new algorithms in R14 provide up to twice the speed for caustics; the software also contains further enhancements to subsurface scattering render materials. Pricing varies according to pack- ages, with the most robust version, Cinema 4D R14 Studio, selling for $3,695. INTERNATIONAL

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