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AMD FirePro W9100 professional GPU: first look review

Published 07 April 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, amd firepro, opencl, cae, gpu compute, powerwall, ray tracing

With its brand new 16GB ultra high-end FirePro W9100 GPU AMD shows it is just as serious about compute as it is 3D graphics

AMD’s brand new ultra high-end GPU, the FirePro W9100, has to be one of the company’s worst kept secrets. Officially launched today, a whole load of information has trickled out over the last few weeks. AMD even held a pre-launch press event last month to try and steal some of Nvidia’s thunder in the middle of Nvidia’s annual GTC conference.

Now the whispering is over AMD certainly does have something to shout about. The FirePro W9100 heralds the next step in its professional GPU evolution. But this isn’t just a graphics card; it’s just as focused on accelerating compute tasks in simulation and ray trace rendering applications as it is on ultra high-end 3D.

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Female engineer pens an ‘ode to Engineering’

Published 04 April 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: education, career, female engineers

Nowadays, with the speed of email, it’s very rare to get a letter via ‘snail mail’ that isn’t a bill or a statement; even rarer still, to have your name and address handwritten on the envelope.

So, when a letter addressed to myself landed through D3D Tower’s letterbox I was more than a little curious. Inside was a rather charming ‘ode to engineering’ written by a female engineer, Amaya Muñoz of amx engineering in Carlisle.

The reason for the ode was not to showcase a possible change in career but to draw attention to how vital engineering is to all our lives and to get young people excited by engineering so that they may consider it as a career.

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World Cup means new balls: Adidas designs ‘Brazucam’ camera football for journey to Brazil

Published 02 April 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: football, adidas, brazil, world cup, sport, ball

Adidas has fitted a special version of the World Cup ball with HD cameras to capture its journey around the world

It’s a World Cup year which means several things: grown men crying like babies; increased absences from work due to ‘illness’; the global economy resurrected through beer sales, and of course ‘The New Ball’.

For each tournament a new football design is mustered (it hardly seems to happen in any other ball sport) that has a new eye-bleeding design, is made of all sorts of technogubbins, and will be the go to excuse for every goalkeeper from here to the Maracanã Stadium.

Yet Adidas has gone a step further this year by adding in HD cameras, which although missing from the actual ‘Brazuca’ match balls, will record a journey around the world on its way to Brazil this summer.

The official Brazuca game ball, without cameras

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Prepping for DEVELOP3D Live - 2 weeks to go!

Published 01 April 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, 3d printing, develop3d live, d3dlive, conference, event, show, bertrand sicot, wearable technology

So close you can smell the excitement seeping from its pores, DEVELOP3D LIVE is a mere two weeks away, and holds more goodies for you in a single day than any show you could wish to drudge around for a five times as long.

Our latest killer announcement is that DEVELOP3D LIVE will be hosting a SolidWorks User Group (SWUG) - where not only will attendees have the chance to meet SWUG honcho Richard Doyle on UK soil, but also be able to discuss the future of SolidWorks with its CEO Bertrand Sicot.

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