NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA): Despite missing out on some big contracts hitting the market this year, NVIDIA still has a grip over one particularly interesting niche. In a rather fascinating article, a USA Today contributor explores the company’s role in leading the tech elite through “uncanny valley” — in short, the idea that the “more human characteristics a robot is bestowed, the more likable it becomes to a human being.” The company’s Titan Graphics Processing Unit can handle 4.5 million teraflops, or 4.5 trillion floating-point operations per second when generating digital characters on screen. To put that in perspective, Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) new PS4 can handle 1.84 teraflops.
Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC): With its new program based on selling a bundle of television channels to subscribers over the Internet, Intel is hoping to turn the traditional broadcasting model on its head. As one can imagine, the broadcasting networks are none too pleased, and giving Intel everything they have to prevent the chip giant from doing so. Regardless, Intel’s executives intend to turn on its TV service by the end of the year.
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD): ”You don’t buy a Ferrari because of the MPG,” said Marc Diana, a marketing manager at AMD, on the company’s new 5 GHz processor, the fastest consumer-grade processor ever made. The company announced the component earlier this week, under the shadow of the E3 convention. Where Intel has traded performance for power savings, AMD has gone the other direction. ”It’s made to do one thing,” Diana continued, “and that’s go really, really fast.”