DUBAI. 9th March. 2009. Luciano Alibrandi, Director of Public Relations for NVIDIA with one of the company's graphic processing units  in Dubai yesterday(mon).  Stephen Lock  /  The National. FOR BUSINESS *** Local Caption ***  SL-nvidia-006.jpg
Mr Alibrandi shows Nvidia's graphic unit.

PC graphics firm claims big firms block innovation



DUBAI // A leading computer graphics processing unit (GPU) manufacturer has accused giant chip makers such as Intel and the Abu Dhabi-backed AMD of stifling innovation in the industry. Nvidia says large chip makers selling GPUs integrated with central processing units (CPUs) have sparked a "battle for the soul of the PC". The regional public relations director at Nvidia, Luciano Alibrandi, said: "What is happening is they are trying to control their market. That's why it's tough at the moment, because we are coming up with a great solution, and Intel is saying 'Hey guys, don't use it. You don't really need it'.

"For us, they are trying to stop innovation. They are telling you that what you have is good enough. And we are telling you, for the same price why don't you get the best?" GPUs form part of graphics cards that allow computer users to, for example, play high-definition video or highly complex computer games. GPUs can process many tasks at the same time, while CPUs, the main "brains" of a computer, can only perform tasks in succession. In the past, they were sold separately.

Mr Alibrandi said the integration had some advantages in areas such as mobile technology. But he said it deprived users in other areas, such as high-definition or rapid video encoding, the process of transferring video from a computer to a device like an iPod. Mr Alibrandi said Intel's chips did not provide this function. Nvidia has traditionally been the market leader, holding 75 per cent of the market against its closest competitor, AMD, which entered the market by buying ATI, the second-ranked manufacturer of graphic processors.

But in recent months, as Nvidia concentrated on expanding its market into areas such as mobile devices and cars, AMD, which is partly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government's investment arm, Mubadala Development, has gained ground."ATI took some of the market share back," Mr Alibrandi said. "It was at the same time as the market slowdown." He looks at the current economic climate as an opportunity for innovation, particularly as computing becomes increasingly visual.

In the past, Mr Alibrandi said, computer makers would spend about 80 per cent of their processing money on CPUs and 20 per cent on GPUs. khagey@thenational.ae

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)

QUALIFYING RESULTS

1. Max Verstappen, Netherlands, Red Bull Racing Honda, 1 minute, 35.246 seconds.
2. Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Mercedes, 1:35.271.
3. Lewis Hamilton, Great Britain, Mercedes, 1:35.332.
4. Lando Norris, Great Britain, McLaren Renault, 1:35.497.
5. Alexander Albon, Thailand, Red Bull Racing Honda, 1:35.571.
6. Carlos Sainz Jr, Spain, McLaren Renault, 1:35.815.
7. Daniil Kvyat, Russia, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, 1:35.963.
8. Lance Stroll, Canada, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, 1:36.046.
9. Charles Leclerc, Monaco, Ferrari, 1:36.065.
10. Pierre Gasly, France, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, 1:36.242.

Eliminated after second session

11. Esteban Ocon, France, Renault, 1:36.359.
12. Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, Renault, 1:36.406.
13. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Ferrari, 1:36.631.
14. Antonio Giovinazzi, Italy, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, 1:38.248.

Eliminated after first session

15. Antonio Giovinazzi, Italy, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, 1:37.075.
16. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, 1:37.555.
17. Kevin Magnussen, Denmark, Haas Ferrari, 1:37.863.
18. George Russell, Great Britain, Williams Mercedes, 1:38.045.
19. Pietro Fittipaldi, Brazil, Haas Ferrari, 1:38.173.
20. Nicholas Latifi, Canada, Williams Mercedes, 1:38.443.

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ROUTE TO TITLE

Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

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Favourite film: Marvel movies

Favourite parkour spot in Dubai: Residence towers in Jumeirah Beach Residence

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

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COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

Directed by: Craig Gillespie

Starring: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry

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MATCH INFO

Real Madrid 2

Vinicius Junior (71') Mariano (90+2')

Barcelona 0

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The National selections

Al Ain

5pm: Bolereau
5.30pm: Rich And Famous
6pm: Duc De Faust
6.30pm: Al Thoura​​​​​​​
7pm: AF Arrab​​​​​​​
7.30pm: Al Jazi​​​​​​​
8pm: Futoon

Jebel Ali

1.45pm: AF Kal Noor​​​​​​​
2.15pm: Galaxy Road
2.45pm: Dark Thunder
3.15pm: Inverleigh​​​​​​​
3.45pm: Bawaasil​​​​​​​
4.15pm: Initial
4.45pm: Tafaakhor

Company Profile

Company name: Namara
Started: June 2022
Founder: Mohammed Alnamara
Based: Dubai
Sector: Microfinance
Current number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Family offices

Dubai World Cup Carnival Card:

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THE NEW BATCH'S FOCUS SECTORS

AiFlux – renewables, oil and gas

DevisionX – manufacturing

Event Gates – security and manufacturing

Farmdar – agriculture

Farmin – smart cities

Greener Crop – agriculture

Ipera.ai – space digitisation

Lune Technologies – fibre-optics

Monak – delivery

NutzenTech – environment

Nybl – machine learning

Occicor – shelf management

Olymon Solutions – smart automation

Pivony – user-generated data

PowerDev – energy big data

Sav – finance

Searover – renewables

Swftbox – delivery

Trade Capital Partners – FinTech

Valorafutbol – sports and entertainment

Workfam – employee engagement

Match info

Uefa Champions League Group B

Barcelona v Tottenham Hotspur, midnight

NEW UTILITY POLICY: WHAT DOES IT REGULATE?

• Agreements on energy and water supply

• Applied service fees

• Customer data and information privacy

• Prohibition of service disconnections

• Customer complaint process

• Management of debts and customers in default

• Services provided to people of determination and home care customers

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

SHOW COURTS ORDER OF PLAY

Wimbledon order of play on Saturday, July 8
All times UAE (+4 GMT)

Centre Court (4pm)
Agnieszka Radwanska (9) v Timea Bacsinszky (19)
Ernests Gulbis v Novak Djokovic (2)
Mischa Zverev (27) v Roger Federer (3)

Court 1 (4pm)
Milos Raonic (6) v Albert Ramos-Vinolas (25)
Anett Kontaveit v Caroline Wozniacki (5)
Dominic Thiem (8) v Jared Donaldson

Court 2 (2.30pm)
Sorana Cirstea v Garbine Muguruza (14)
To finish: Sam Querrey (24) leads Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (12) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6, 1-6, 6-5
Angelique Kerber (1) v Shelby Rogers
Sebastian Ofner v Alexander Zverev (10)

Court 3 (2.30pm)
Grigor Dimitrov (13) v Dudi Sela
Alison Riske v Coco Vandeweghe (24)
David Ferrer v Tomas Berdych (11)

Court 12 (2.30pm)
Polona Hercog v Svetlana Kuznetsova (7)
Gael Monfils (15) v Adrian Mannarino

Court 18 (2.30pm)
Magdalena Rybarikova v Lesia Tsurenko
Petra Martic v Zarina Diyas

Scores:

Day 4

England 290 & 346
Sri Lanka 336 & 226-7 (target 301)

Sri Lanka require another 75 runs with three wickets remaining

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