General purpose GPU?s to grow

Research predicts the rise of parallel processing
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Research predicts the rise of parallel processing

GC Research has stated that general purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs) will have a major impact on the market by the fourth quarter of this financial year.

Although GPUs are intended for purely graphical calculations, the general purpose GPU features changes to the rendering pipeline that enable it to perform tasks usually handled by the CPU.

According to the Inquirer, the researcher feels that AMD is the company best situated to take advantage of this growth due to its ownership of graphics specialist ATi.

Meanwhile, GC Research claims that Nvidia will suffer in the long term as it doesn’t have a licence to produce x86 processors.