In computer graphics, there are several strategies that inventors use to increase resolution and accurate color while saving storage. While modern computers use high graphics cards capable of storing up to 32 GB of memory, an older and less appreciated approach to computer graphics is the planar method. This blog will discuss what planar graphics are, its pitfalls, and the current applications for this system.
 
Planar graphics operate by using several bitmaps of RAM to arrange pixel data. In this system, every bit is associated with one exact pixel. The distinguishing factor which sets planar graphics apart from other forms of organization, such as chunky, is that the data for an individual pixel is spread out across various bitmaps that make up the display.

Prior to higher-performing graphics cards, older memory chips could not supply enough data to display an image from a large bitmap onto a monitor. Planar graphics systems worked around this by storing the data in various planes, which could be stored by different memory chips.  With the data being split up between multiple chips, it could be read at a slower rate, allowing for an appropriate image to be displayed. While modern graphics systems and chunky displays store color values for each pixel contiguously, such as an RGB or BGR display, planar formats store each color component in a different plane. This was a critical difference in the 1980s and '90s because if the monitor only needed to display eight colors, a chunky display would assign eight bits to each pixel versus the three from a planar display.
 
The apparent advantage of a planar graphics system is the ability to save a significant amount of RAM. For example, on a 640x480 screen with 32 colors, a planar arrangement would only need 192,000 bytes versus the 307,200 bytes that would have otherwise been required. Additionally, planar graphics were also beneficial in allowing older programs to still run even after a system upgrade. For example, if a monitor was upgraded from a 16 to 32-color display, a planar arrangement would still allow 16-color games or programs to run. These programs worked because the software on planar-based systems could specify how many planes it wanted to use and completely disregard unneeded colors.
 
There are several technical disadvantages to planar graphics, which is one of the reasons they are rarely used today. The most significant drawback is that scrolling and other kinetic animations require more RAM address cycles to display correctly. On planar graphics systems, the display would flicker as text scrolled by or would temporarily change color. As the performance of graphics cards exponentially increased through the 2000s, and the number of colors used in displays increased eight-fold, planar graphics became nearly obsolete. Many of the planar graphics systems sold today are legacy pieces and are very rare. Examples of specific models include the Lenovo 02DC327, Planar SD2020, and Dell 1909Wb. The Commodore Amiga and NES, famous for their revolutionary color video games, were the first to popularize a planar graphics system.
 
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The 14-inch Blade laptop was released in September of last year to much fanfare and at the time boasted an impressive Intel Skylake processor along with a state of the art Nvidia GeForce 10 series graphics card. Razor has decided to upgrade the Blade an upgrade due to Intel having just launched their new high-performance Kaby Lake CPUs at the start of this year. The new Blade upgrade swaps out the Skylake Core i7-6700HQ and supercharges it with the new Kaby Lake Core i7-7700HQ which is for the most part the same size but is clocked up to 300 MHz higher with a base clock of 2.80 Ghz and boost clock of 3.80 Ghz compared to the 2.6/3.5 Ghz of the Skylake Core i7-6700HQ processor. This will provide a minor performance improvement even in CPU-limited workloads. The base model will largely run the same hardware which includes a 1080p IPS display, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, SSD options ranging from 256 GB to 1 TB and 16 GB of RAM. A newer 4k touchscreen display variant will be available for the consumer public in the second quarter of 2017. Although the upgrade Blade is almost $100 more expensive than the previous version it is worth the sticker price due to the performance upgrades and will be available through Razer’s website starting today followed by “select retailers” next week in anticipation of a March launch.

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Every computer that requires a screen needs a graphics card; how the images and videos appear on a screen is correlated with the processor and most importantly the graphic card. Graphic cards have been popular since the beginning of computers and they have been improving ever since. People who need very clear and fast graphic cards are people who could be graphic designers, gamers, video editors and many more in that nature where graphics means a lot and good graphics require a lot of data that needs a good graphic card to support the speed of data flow required to generate good graphics quickly. AMD has designed a new generation graphic card and they are branding it as “Radeon RX Vega”. This brand will not replace the Radeon RX 500 but instead they are going to co-exist but the Radeon RX Vega is going to be slightly better and improved.

AMD Processors are one of the best if not the best processor when it comes to computer hardware, IT hardware manufacturers prefer to let the companies that are on top of their game when it comes to computer processors to design their best computer processors and graphic cards. For example; you might think what the difference between the RX570 is and the RX 470, the answer is almost nothing except for one thing where the RX 570 is clocked up t 1244 MHz while the RX 470 is clocked at 1206 MHz. This gives the RX 570 some percentage inn performance improvement.

ASAP Semiconductor is a global distributor for all kind of parts, and a competitive one. In help customers find parts that are not easy to find and we supply them for competitive prices. In our efforts to stay competitive we have created a platform that makes finding parts even easier, we deal with computer hardware parts at ASAP IT Technology. If you are looking for a prices and availability then submit a request online at asap-ittechnology.com with your part number and the quantity you are looking for and you will receive a quote shortly after. You can also email your request to sales@asap-ittechnology.com or call a sales representative at +1-714-705-4780.


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Nvidia has launched an astonishing new graphics card for the gaming world. This is not the first, nor the second, but the third card that they have accomplished for the Pascal system. Nvidia confirms that the GTX 1060 is bigger and better than the GTX 960 and ranks up to the GTX 980. Even though the GTX 1060 is better than all the other gaming card, it is more cost effective not blowing a hole in the gamer’s pocket. The price of the GTX 1060 is only $249, fitting in a more affordable cost range. However, the “Founders Addition” is still affordable, only accounting for $299. The Core experience is outstanding with 1,506MHz. Another great feature to this product is that it has amazing memory capacity ranging at 2,000MHz. The great technology aspects of this product are the outstanding sensible light and sound it produces due to simultaneous multi-projection. Lastly, Nvidia has produced a new feature to the graphic card called Ansel, it will include a camera with neat filters to catch cool captures during the game.

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NVIDIA announces its newest driver for high performance in video games. Designed to support their upcoming VR edition of their PC driver game, Dirt Rally. The Driver is a 368.69 WHQL built to fix and enhance the PC for better performance during play.  The 368.69 WHQL is intended for a Windows 10 64 bit, and takes up to 336.36 file size in storage.

Many Bugs and unnecessary glitches have been worked on and removed. Fixes for internal software’s such as Adobe Premiere, CUDA Pro CC, and a crash while running the NVIDIA GRID K1 under a Window 10 virtual machine. With the latest driver they have also worked out a solution for an error with a compatible software known as the XSplit Broadcaster. The Xsplit allows gamers to live stream and record while game play.

Finding newer solutions to problems they had with games in the past, can now be resolved with the 368.69 WQHL.  A much anticipated fixture is a solution to a common crash with the game “the Crew.” crashing after running the program, right after the driver had been updated was a huge problem for most gamers which can be resolved.

With many alterations to one’s computer there can be small niches that go wrong with other parts of the driver.  Fans typically have a problem spinning up and down which can lead to other harmful things happening to the whole processor. The latest driver fixes the spinning up and down for the GTX 1080 Founders Edition’s fans. Some of these problems have been caused by the installation of graphic cards by the user themselves. Others paid up to $100s to get the whole entire the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition to not have to upgrade their graphic cards. In doing so it reduced noise and does a great job cooling the system.


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The world finally gets the option of buying Nvidia’s new GTX 1060 graphic cards. Nvidia promises this new card matches the GTX 980 in terms of performance but at a significant price cut.

While Nvidia claims its performance is at the same level as the GTX 980, this new graphic card will be replacing the GTX 960. It is also more affordable than the GTX 1070 and 1080 cards. This new card is built on Nvidia’s new 16nm Pascal architecture – and will be the third of its kind.

Its affordability and function is met to target every gamer there is, and attempt to blow its competition- AMD’s Radeon RX 400, out of the game!

The new graphic card is available from July 19 at only $249. The competition starts at $299. With similar capabilities and lower price tag, Nvidia is sure to blow the competition out of the water.

Nvidia is working on enhancing gamer experience through better sounds and a more realistic appearance with these new graphic cards. More than 30 games that use SMS (simultaneous multi-projection), which is offered in these chips, are currently being developed.

To top the new additions, Nvidia is looking to add a piece of software, Ansel, to the latest gaming tools. This new software works like Instagram and Snapchat. With it, a person can take any shot of the game and add a filter to it. This will be a hit in artsy games like The Witcher 3 and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst just to name a couple. This new tool is made public in mid-July.

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