GTC 2017 - NVIDIA has been constructing its new headquarters for a while now, and we're still 5 months away from completion so that their 2500 employees can have a new home to work.
The company has spent $370 million on the new HQ, which spans 46,500 square meters, and is split into two floors. The entire building is centralized, which has all of the underground garage through to the toilets being accessible from the center of the building. NVIDIA did this, so that they could "capture the energy and the buzz of the company".
NVIDIA has watercooled the entire building, where they're using recycled water that will be piped into a tower sunk under the roof of the building, and will cool the building through "an evaporation system with three giant fans". NVIDIA CEO and founder Jensen Huang will not have an office, and will work across different buildings in various places instead.
NVIDIA has come out swinging with its quarterly financial report yet again, with the company seeing a huge 48.4% increase in quarterly revenue, thanks to the never ending demand for its GPUs that are used in gaming PCs, cloud computing, AI, the data center world, and more.
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NVIDIA's data center revenue saw nearly double the revenue in Q1 2017 up to $409 million, beating analysts' expectations of $318.2 million, according to FactSet. Chief Financial Officer Colette Kress said: "All of the world's major internet and cloud service providers now use NVIDIA's Tesla-based GPU (graphics processing unit) accelerators".
Total revenue jumped from $1.31 billion to $1.94 billion, beating analysts' expectations of $1.91 billion. NVIDIA's gaming division rose a huge 50% to $1.03 billion, which accounted for 53% of NVIDIA's total revenue for Q1 2017 - but didn't quite reach analysts' expectations of $1.11 billion.
Apple has jumped to the lead in the wearables market, while former leader Fitbit has fallen to third place.
According to the data obtained by Strategy Analytics, global wearables shipments rose to 22 million units during Q1 2017, which is up 21% compared to the first quarter of 2016.
Steven Waltzer, Industry Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said:
Global wearables shipments reached 22.0 million units in Q1 2017, rising 21 percent annually from 18.2 million in Q1 2016. Stronger demand for new smartwatch models in North America, Western Europe, and Asia drove the uptick.
While Samsung and Apple still rule the smartphone market, LG has shown significant growth globally, and they captured a record 20% of the US smartphone market in Q1 2017.
According to Strategy Analytics, the company has sold 7.3 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2017 (up 3-points year over year).
The report contributes this success to the steady sales of LG's lower-price model, K and X series. The company's latest flagship, the LG G6, wasn't included in this report since it only hit the US market in April.
Apple is Making America Great Again by spending $1 billion on a new fund that will promote advanced manufacturing positions in the US, something Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Mad Money today.
Cook said: "By doing that, we can be the ripple in the pond. Because if we can create many manufacturing jobs around, those manufacturing jobs create more jobs around them because you have a service industry that builds up around them".
Apple will start announcing the beneficiaries of its $1 billion fund later this month, with the company looking to train developers and help more people coding, with more details on this coming in the summer.
Cook continued: "We're really looking at this thing deeply. How do we grow our employee base? How do we grow the developer base? How do we grow manufacturing? You will see us bring things to market in all of those areas across this year".
IDC has revealed its latest report on smartphone shipments in the first three months of 2017. According to the analytics firm, phone companies shipped a total of 347.4 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2017, which is a 4.3% increase compared to the Q1 2016.
The numbers show that Samsung and Apple are still at the top of this list, although their shipment number stagnates. Samsung regained control as the leader in the worldwide smartphone market despite a flat first quarter (0% year-over-year growth). The South Korean giant holds the biggest market share, 22.8%, with 79.2 million smartphones shipped, the same number they shipped in Q1 2016.
Apple remained essentially flat with shipments reaching 51.6 million units in the first quarter, up slightly from the 51.2 million shipped last year. These numbers mean they hold 14.9% of market share, a slight drop from 15.4% in Q1 2016.
Huawei launched their new flagship, the P10, earlier this year and sustained its dominance in China growing nearly 22% as shipments climbed from 28.1 million units last year, to 34.2 million units in the first quarter of 2017.
Moving from a PC-centric company to a more datacenter driven one, Intel recently announced that IDF 2017 will be cancelled, and that going forward there will be no more Intel Developer Forums.
Instead, Intel has told us that they will focus on a broader range of industry events. Going forward, TweakTown was told to expect more events such as Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Day and Intel's Artificial Intelligence Day. Intel also told us to expect a more pronounced presence at events, where we don't typically see Intel, such as SXSW and even the LA Auto Show.
This pronounced shift in Intel's strategy comes on the heels of Intel's latest restructuring announcements. IDF has been one of the staple events of our industry, but it was clear that in the past few years the event had shifted from mostly PC-focused to 5G/IoT/DataCenter/PC/AI/etc. focused. Last IDF, we saw technologies from almost every corner of the industry, three days almost wasn't enough to see everything.
Nitero has been a company getting its name into headlines by teasing that it was working on phase-array beamforming millimeter wave 60GHz chip for VR headsets, with the fabless semiconductor company based in Austin, Texas - perfect for AMD with its base there.
AMD acquired Nitero without many details, but the deal includes Nitero's wireless virtual reality IP, and all of its employees, with Nitero co-founder and CEO, Pat Kelly, joining AMD as their new Corporate Vice President, Wireless IP. AMD's Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Mark Papermaster, said in a press release: "Unwieldly headset cables remain a significant barrier to drive widespread adoption of VR. Our newly acquired wireless VR technology is focused on solving this challenge, and is another example of AMD making long-term technology investments to develop high-performance computing and graphics technologies that can create more immersive computing experiences".
The future that AMD buys with the acquisition shows their commitment to the next generation of VR technology, as the high-end 60GHz wireless technology will allow massive amounts of bandwidth to be blasted between the base station and your next-gen wireless VR headset. It will allow high-quality VR at much higher resolutions than we have today, at much higher refresh rates than we have today, in room-scale VR environments without the base station needing to be in line of sight.
A Chinese court has ordered Samsung to pay 80 million yuan (around $11.6 million) to Huawei for patent infringement.
The verdict is the result of a lawsuit filed by Huawei in May in China and the United States. A spokesman for Huawei said that the company welcomes the court's decision.
Huawei sued Samsung for making and selling more than 20 devices (smartphones and tablets) that are said infringed the patent. One of those devices is the Galaxy S7.
Tesla Motors has announced their quarterly results which show that the company's deliveries have jumped by 69% compared to the same quarter last year.
The company delivered a record of 25,000 vehicles - 13,450 Model S and 11,550 Model X. Tesla's production in the first quarter also hit a quarterly record by manufacturing 25,418 vehicles.
Tesla has said it expects to deliver 47,000 to 50,000 Model S and Model X vehicles combined in the first half of 2017.