The GPU space is an odd one. Unlike other ubiquitous, everyday technologies, there are only 2 major players when it comes to GPU suppliers. Sure, there are minor players and “board partners” (contracted to purchase, modify and resell units), but the market is certainly dominated by 2 companies.
Is the world of GPU about to be disrupted? Will another player emerge? Will outputs change? Our experts weigh in.
Our GPU forecast for this year and beyond:
1) HBM will be the great equalizer
HBM (high-bandwidth memory) is like a Lamborghini Aventador—fast but expensive. It enables rapid information transfer and vertical stacking, resulting in mind-blowing performance. In short, HBM is a high-performance RAM interface that prices many consumers out of the market. Primarily, only enterprises and high-end enthusiasts are getting a taste of this speedy goodness. If HBM becomes more common in GPUs, it could really level the playing field and drive down costs.
2) People will stop thinking GPUs are just for gamers
The everyday consumer is finally realizing that gaming is only part of the GPU story. Remember, to boil it down, we’re talking about a piece of hardware that accelerates a variety of workloads. Modern GPUs are engaged in the most complex calculations. To name just a few, GPUs play a role in deep learning, big data research, AI, data centers, mobile phones, workstations and, yes, gaming.
3) Another major player will enter the market
Shhh … our insiders tell us that a massive, global tech corporation will make waves as a new GPU supplier. The company has even hired former brass and engineers from one of the major players. In terms of reducing costs, competition is a beautiful thing for consumers and enterprises.
Will this disrupt the market? Will it be a flop? Heck, we’re not even sure if this new GPU will be hardware- or software-based. Stay tuned.
4) GPUs could help fight cancer
Cancer research teams are using high-performance computing and GPU-accelerated deep learning to better understand the role of “driver” genes in cancer. They use DNA sequencing data to rapidly build a cancer’s “family tree,” which reveals mutations that turn healthy cells into malignant tumors. It’s amazing how GPU technology may enable us to predict how these tumors evolve.
5) The output evolution begins
We’ve already seen VGA (video graphics array) connectors disappear, but what about other outputs? Our experts posit that HDMI will be the next to go. They predict the next jump is “all DisplayPort.” Down the road, there could be a focus on USB-C ports, since it’s already the industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power. Since USB-C pushes more power, it also results in higher resolution and superior color bandwidth.
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