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The Graphics Chip Chronicles: Introduction

Dec. 5, 2019
Jon Peddie has written many short articles about graphics chips from a historical perspective. The articles can be found online and we collected them here so you can easily find them. This is the beginning of the series and starts with NEC µPD72.

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Graphics controllers have been an important part of computer systems almost since their inception and they 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 blitting and sprites. Many of these features started out 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 at now. 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 the 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. This is just the beginning of the series and starts with NEC µPD7220 Graphics Display Controller.

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

Bill Wong, Senior Content Director

About the Author

Dr. Jon Peddie is one of the pioneers of the graphics industry and 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., several 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 Super Computer Committee, and the former president of The Siggraph Pioneers. In 2015 he was given the Life Time Achievement award from the CAAD society.

Peddie lectures at numerous conferences and universities worldwide on topics pertaining to graphics technology and the emerging trends in digital media technology, as well as appearing on CNN, TechTV, and Future Talk TV, and is frequently quoted in trade and business publications.

Dr. Peddie has published hundreds of papers, has authored and contributed to no less than thirteen books in his career, his most recent, Augmented Reality, where we all will live, and is a contributor to TechWatch, for which he writes a series of weekly articles on AR, VR, AI, GPUs, and computer gaming. He is a regular contributor to IEEE, Computer Graphics World, and several other leading publications.

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About the Author

William G. Wong | Senior Content Director - Electronic Design and Microwaves & RF

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I earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters in Computer Science from Rutgers University. I still do a bit of programming using everything from C and C++ to Rust and Ada/SPARK. I do a bit of PHP programming for Drupal websites. I have posted a few Drupal modules.  

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