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DisplayPort - get connected

Published 28 April 2008

Posted by Greg Corke

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ATI has just unveiled a brand new high-performance graphics card called the FireGL V7700. But what’s so interesting about that I hear you ask? Well, apart from delivering some impressive frame rates under high-end CAD and DCC apps, it features a new interconnect standard called DisplayPort.

DisplayPort is a purely digital standard and can handle resolutions upto 2,560 x 1,600. It’s smaller and thinner than DVI or VGA, a bit like USB, and there’s no need to screw the cable in - which always annoys me so I never end up doing it.

There are currently only a handful of monitors out there with DisplayPort support, which is why the FireGL V7700 also supports DVI. Only time will tell if the technology is going to take off, but it’s certainly a move in the right direction and also makes perfect sense for ultra-thin notebooks. There’s simply no room for a VGA connector on a Mac Book Air… or so Al Dean tells me. I’m still waiting for mine to arrive.

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Back Up - Back Up - Back Up

Published 27 April 2008

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: backup, human error, eejit

Time for a public confession; I’m hoarder of digital stuff. I’ve keep all those MP3s that I never listen to, I’ve keep all my research that I’ve done for 10 years worth of writing about technology, design and whatever else I’ve done. And I back up, every single week. Of course, just because you back-up, doesn’t mean that human error is going to come along and kick you directly in the seat of your trousers. So, this weekend, while rebuilding a laptop, I deleted a partition, started it off reformatting it – it took sometime. When the machine rebooted, I was surprised to see that the same old version of Windows was running. I checked. Yup, the backup disk I had connected, with 10 years worth of research, photos, mp3s and pretty much everything, had gone - half a Terabyte of it – gone. Just goes to show – even a back up is worth nothing when you put an idiot in charge. Arse. Now, where’s my copy of “Enter the 36 Chambers” – I need to re-rip it.

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Icona takes on Bunkspeed

Published 26 April 2008

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: visualisation, bunkspeed, hypershot, tolerance, aesthetica, icona solutions, quality

If you haven’t come across Icona Solutions before, it develops a system called Aesthetica which allows both quality engineers and stylists to gauge the effect of manufacturing variation; but does so using a technology which allows both parties to do so using the tools and terminology they are used to. Quality engineers can measure gap and flush and all that good stuff, while the stylists and those responsible for aesthetic quality can inspect the different variants of a product using photo realistic visualisation.

What Icona has done is swap out its existing rendering engine for Bunkspeed’s HyperShot, which makes a huge amount of sense.

“This agreement with Bunkspeed enhances our market-leading perceived quality solutions by giving our users the ability to instantly produce photographic-quality images of product variation, with minimal effort but stunning effect”, said Tim Illingworth, commercial director, Icona Solutions. “We look forward to working with Bunkspeed in all those manufacturing sectors where improving a product’s perceived quality and the need for high quality images are critical to market success”, he added.

Version 3 of aesthetica, including the HyperShot integration capability, is scheduled to begin customer shipments in a couple of months time. Oh and HyperShot, if you haven’t seen it, is a rendering tool that rocks.

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Siemens PLM steps up its game..

Published 25 April 2008

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: nx, solid edge, siemens plm, velocity series, future of cad

If you haven’t seen these videos, watch them. They’re pretty amazing. I’d make comments on this technology, but I want you to see it before I do. There are two parts on youtube, but there’s a high-res version worth downloading on the Siemens PLM web-site – looks pretty bloody amazing… Watch this space…

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