Intel brings a bonanza to ISSCC 2022

The 69th International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), sponsored by IEEE and Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS), took place virtually from February 20 to February 28, 2022. The ISSCC is, and has been, the leading global forum for the presentation of advances in solid-state circuits and devices, and is geared to integrated circuit design engineers, academicians, students, and architects. It used to … Read more

Ethereum mining GPU days are over—gamers rejoice

Helium was founded in San Francisco in 2013 by Shawn Fanning, Amir Haleem, and Sean Carey, with a mission to make it easier to build connected devices. Mining HNT with blockchain hotspots is done via radio technology, not expensive or wasteful GPUs, says the company. San Jose was the first city to launch the people’s network. And the Dish network … Read more

Crypto-mining’s half a billion dollar impact on AIB sales

Source: Stefen Chow IEEE Spectrum   Anyone interested in graphics add-in boards (AIBs) knows the supply has gone to zero and the prices have hit the stratosphere. But why? There are several possibilities, but most of the blame is being laid at the door of the crypto miners, particularly the Ethereum miners. Why? Because the Ethereum algorithm for hash monitoring takes … Read more

Nvidia takes steps to protect gaming business

(Source:  Sevilay Demirci   Pull off the display connectors and call it a mining machine. That’s basically what Nvidia did with their Cryptocurrency Mining Processor (CMP) and it’s a very clever move. Meanwhile, Nvidia is launching its GeForce RTX 3060 (on Feb. 25) for gaming. The company says it has taken an unusual step that will help make sure … Read more

New coin rush?

When AMD and Nvidia introduced their new AIBs in Q4 2020, they sold out immediately. No one anticipated the demand and attributed it to bots. Gamers complained that once again, they got left out. The suspicion was crypto-miners were the cause of the shortage. We think there is some truth, and proof in that suspicion. The waves of Cryptocurrency mining … Read more

What’s driving GPU sales—COVID, games, or Crypto?

  We’ve been tracking GPU and before that graphics controller shipments for decades, and we think we have a sense of their trends and seasonal behavior. Most recently, our Market Watch report for Q3 2020 reveals unusual buying patterns for graphics boards and we naturally wondered, what’s up? Look at the following chart that shows shipments for the past 15 … Read more

Graphics AIBs are so expensive

With the run up in AIB process due to the crypto-currency mining gold rush, and then the introduction of Nvidia’s Founder-edition RTC2080 Ti, at $1,200, several people have commented about the cost of AIB, and where will it end. Indeed, these prices are ridiculous. Especially when you compare them to the prices of AIBs a few years ago. So we … Read more