NVIDIA Dominating Market but AMD Making Gains According to Q3 2015 Figures

Market share figures for the third-quarter of 2015 show that NVDIA, as always, is dominating GPU sales, but AMD has started to gain back some ground, though nowhere near its ratio from last year. According to figures released by graphic and multimedia consultants Jon Peddie Research (JPR), NVIDIA’s market share for the last quarter is 81.1%, with AMD taking just 18.8% of sales. However, compared to the figures from the second quarter of 2015, AMD has forced a 0.8% shift from NVIDIA, demonstrated by comparing Q2 figures of 18% and 81.9%, respectively.

“JPR’s AIB Report tracks PC add-in graphics boards (AIBs), which carry discrete graphics chips,” the report on the JPR website reads. “AIBs are used in desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and other devices such as scientific instruments. They are sold directly to customers as aftermarket products, or are factory installed. In all cases, AIBs represent the higher end of the graphics industry using discrete chips and private high-speed memory, compared to the integrated GPUs in CPUs that share slower system memory.”

AMD’s gains coincide with the release of its Radeon AIB graphics cards, the Fiji-powered Fury line, though NVIDIA may see a similar shift following the release of its Pascal GPUs next year. AMD has recently said that it is “confident” that the company’s fortunes will turn, and if it “invest[s] heavily” it can “[win] the graphics war.”

LG Records $68 Million Loss in Mobile Division

LG’s G3 and G4 handsets have received widespread positive reviews and characterized by a remarkable image sensor. Additionally, the G4’s superb price, beautiful display and optional leather back make it a fantastic choice around the £350 mark. Sadly, LG’s superb handset range hasn’t resulted in a profitable venture and reported a huge loss of $68 million.

This is dreadful when you consider sales have increased by 12% in North America, although worldwide figures dropped 21% year-over-year. LG‘s report demonstrates the difficulties many manufacturers face in the smartphone market. While the hardware is excellent, LG’s software can be slightly buggy but things have impressed in the last few months. Additionally, the LG Flex 2 hasn’t made a major impact and ended up being a very niche device.

Perhaps, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC deterred some people from purchasing as the chip’s overheating issues are well documented. Also, the European version only contains 2GB of RAM, which lingers behind many other handsets in 2015. The most likely reason is the emergence of ultra-cheap but feature-rich smartphones from Chinese companies like Hauwei.

As a result, it’s such a competitive sector and difficult to attain large sales. LG’s financial position is becoming similar to HTC which is a shame.

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Wave Two of Haswell Refresh CPUs Due in Q3

It’s become apparent that Intel is not finished quite yet when it comes to updating their Haswell lineup for desktop systems. Following another update on CPU-World, an additional eight processors have been detailed, all from the low-end of the scale, and interestingly nothing below a Pentium is mentioned at this moment in time.

In the same manner that the first wave of refresh chips brought a slight boost in performance over the existing Haswell lineup, these Core i£ and Pentium G CPUs all see a boost of 100MHz over their older equivalents and whilst this may seem like a good bump, we have to honestly remember that this end of the market is no fought in the same way that the i7 and i5 chips battle it out by getting that slight bit ahead of one another in a bid to be the chip to get.

Whilst other reports suggest that the second wave of chips could be appearing in the flesh somewhere in Q3, there is no word on pricing, but once again, we are almost literally penny-pinching between chips and the difference that this makes may not be as profound as it is on the enthusiast end of the scale.

As we get closer to the full release of DDR4, this could be a last-ditch attempt to get OEM and retail users to buy into Haswell before the mass move over to Haswell-E begins on the top end of the performance ladder.

Source & Image courtesy of The Tech Report

Apple Rumored To Release New iPads Along With Its 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” This Fall

A lot of rumors have been floating around regarding the new devices Apple is to deliver this year. From large display iPhones, to the iWatch and even new versions of the current iPads, they are all targeted to be released as early as the end of 2014. The iPad Pro for example, a device which has been rumored to have a 12.9-inch display and be dedicated to business clients and education, is also expected to be released this fall.

While Samsung already made its move with its 12.2-inch tablets at CES, Apple is expected to speed up its development and do the same thing this year and we should see the first 12.9-inch iPad by the end of this year. It is said that Q3 is the earliest possible time for Apple to release its new tech though.

Earlier rumors suggest that Quanta Computer will be tasked with production of the large iPad. Apart from this tablet, Apple is also rumored to release new models of its Retina iPad Mini and iPad Air. The same release date as the iPad Pro has been suggested for the latter iPads as well, though we are most likely to see them next year rather than this year.

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