ANALYSIS: Jon Peddie Research Views on the Computer Graphics Market: 2011 to 2015

Computer Graphics continues to reach into our lives. Industry growth a healthy 7%

TIBURON, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 25, 2012 — The SIGGRAPH Conference, a gathering of people and companies in the computer graphics field, is a joyful expression of our desire to recreate the beauty, wonder, and even dread in the world we see around us. At SIGGRAPH people share what they’ve learned and learn from others because the goal is huge. It’s nothing less than to create the tools to translate the visual into the digital.

The first SIGGRAPH conference was in Boulder Colorado in 1974, and 600 people attended. At the time the fledgling, and poorly defined industry was estimated to be worth $540 million dollars (the equivalent in today’s dollars would be $2.3 billion). Although growth through the recession was slow, there has been growth. It has been driven by the scientific and entertainment fields. These two seemingly incompatible realms of study enrich each other with new points of view. Looking forward, the computer graphics industry as a whole will enjoy even greater growth than some of its component industries. The computer graphics market remains healthy and robust.

Computer graphics as realized in special effects in the movies and TV, computer games, advertising, and product designs is a combination of advanced hardware and software. Advanced development software has successfully exploited recent advances in multi-core processors, in the form of traditional x86 CPUs, and massively parallel processor GPUs. From the development of 3D CAD models, to special effects like smoke and hair, and physically accurate images generated by ray-tracing, computer graphics has come to permeate all aspects of our lives and entertainment.

However, at the same time, it is difficult to explain computer graphics in simple terms—CG isn’t a thing like a nut or bolt, rather it’s a tool kit, and it’s also the end result of the use of the tools.

JPR with its ongoing work studying the hardware and software used in computer graphics is in a unique position to provide a snap shot of the computer graphics industry. The evolution in computer graphics hardware enables more people to appreciate, and, if they want to, create their own works of graphic art on the computer. It has been a long road, but low cost processors are enabling more and more people to work with computer graphics. There is an even larger group of people who have come to appreciate the ability of computers to communicate incredible amounts of information and emotion through visual data.

In addition to the basic elements of CG, such as the hardware and software that have gone into the market analysis shown above, there are adjacent industries such as schools that teach CG, and visualization and design laboratories where everything from airplanes and automobiles to toothbrushes and mobile phones are developed.

The JPR team will be at SIGGRAPH to meet people and learn about new trends. Look for us: Jon Peddie, Email Contact: The President of JPR and the company’s primary analyst GPUs for PCs and mobile devices.

Kathleen Maher, Email Contact: JPR’s software analyst specializing in CAD and Digital Content Creation

Randall Newton, Email Contact, Randall head the GraphicSpeak ( website and will be looking for news at the conference.

About Jon Peddie Research

Dr. Jon Peddie has been active in the graphics and multimedia fields for more than 30 years. Jon Peddie Research is a technically oriented multimedia and graphics research and consulting firm. Based in Tiburon, California, JPR provides consulting, research, and other specialized services to technology companies in a variety of fields including graphics development, multimedia for professional applications and consumer electronics, high-end computing, and Internet-access product development. Jon Peddie's Market Watch is a quarterly report focused on the market activity of PC graphics controllers for notebook and desktop computing.

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