Jon Peddie Research - The Graphics Chip Chronicles

A Look Back at the Technology that Charted the Course of the Computer Graphics (CG) Industry
By: Jon Peddie Research
TIBURON, Calif. - July 24, 2019 - PRLog -- Electronic Design and Jon Peddie Research have published a retrospective look at the graphics controllers that have been an important part of computer systems almost since their inception. Graphics controllers have steadily progressed from providing limited support for low-resolution displays to platforms that provide real-time ray tracing support.

Early display controllers provided features like bit splitting and sprites. Many of these features began on PCs to support gaming and other applications. These technologies migrated into cell phones that turned into the smartphones of today that are essentially supercomputers-in-a-pocket.

"Staying abreast of the latest and greatest technology, including computer graphics, is what we do at Electronic Design but it is often interesting and useful to look back at what was and how we got to where we are. Plus, old technologies and methodologies are often useful now. For example, the 8-bit game programmers moved from PCs to cell phones as the PCs moved onto higher-end graphics controllers but the cell phones were more limited at the time.

I worked with many of these early graphics chips even before I was the first Lab Director at PC Magazine's famous PC Labs many years ago.

One name that stands out in the graphics world is Jon Peddie who has been following and reporting on this technology area as long as I have. I have known Jon Peddie for many years. He has always been my go-to person when it comes to graphics technology.

Jon has been writing short articles about graphics chips from a historical perspective and the articles can be found online but we have collected them here so you can easily find them.

"We hope you enjoy this series of ebooks that delve into the history of graphics."

-- Bill Wong, Senior Content Director, Informa

About the Author

Dr. Jon Peddie is a pioneer of the graphics industry. He formed Jon Peddie Research (JPR) to provide customer-intimate consulting and market forecasting services where he explores the developments in computer graphics technology to advance economic inclusion and improve resource efficiency.

Recently named one of the most influential analysts, Peddie regularly advises investors in the technology sector. He is an advisor to the U.N., companies in the computer graphics industry, an advisor to the Siggraph Executive Committee, and in 2018 he was accepted as an ACM Distinguished Speaker. Peddie is a senior and lifetime member of IEEE, and a former chair of the IEEE Supercomputer Committee, and the former president of The Siggraph Pioneers. In 2015 he was given the Lifetime Achievement award from the CAAD society.

Carol Warren, Crew Communications
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Location:Tiburon - California - United States
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