Nvidia introduces AI for generating video conference talking heads from 2D images

Nvidia AI researchers have introduced AI for generating talking heads for video conferences from a single 2D image capable of achieving a wide range of manipulation, from rotating and moving a person’s head to motion transfer and video reconstruction. The AI uses the first frame in a video as a 2D photo then uses an unsupervised learning method to gather 3D keypoints within a video. In addition to outperforming other approaches in tests using benchmark datasets, the AI achieves H.264 quality video using one-tenth of the bandwidth that was previously required.

Nvidia research scientists Ting-Chun Wang, Arun Mallya, and Ming-Yu Liu published a paper about the model Monday on preprint repository arXiv. Results show the latest AI model outperforms vid2vid, a few-shot GAN detailed in a paper published at NeurIPS last year of which Wang was lead author and Liu was a coauthor.

“By modifying the keypoint transformation only, we

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Nvidia, Intel, and AMD GPU shipments up 10.8% as consumers scoop up PCs

Demand is sky high for GPUs, according to industry intelligence firm Jon Peddie Research. In the company’s latest Market Watch report for calendar Q3 of 2020, it found that GPU shipments increased 10.8% year-over-year. AMD, Nvidia, and Intel all saw quarter-over-quarter increases as well.

As Jon Peddie notes in the breakdown of the report, GPU shipments are a leading indicator. Manufacturers purchase them before shipping PCs to consumers. This means that the market expects demand for PCs to remain high through the foreseeable future. The overall PC market increased 9.47% year-over-year, according to Jon Peddie.

Discrete GPUs from AMD and Nvidia were up 13.44% quarter-over-quarter. That jump is partially due to historical trends that lead to consumers purchasing more discrete GPUs in Q3 than Q2. But it also reflects the launch of Nvidia’s RTX 3000-series video cards in September. Those products flew off shelves and are still difficult to find.

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Tesla, NVIDIA, Cadence Design Systems, Flex and Keysight

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – November 30, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Tesla TSLA, NVIDIA NVDA, Cadence Design Systems CDNS, Flex FLEX and Keysight Technologies KEYS.

Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:

4 Tech Stocks Well-Positioned to Make the Most of the EV Boom

The resurgence in coronavirus cases is drawing attention to the importance of electric vehicles (EV), and prompting us to reconsider the future of transport by focusing on fully autonomous vehicles and how the same can address safety issues triggered by the crisis. The coronavirus situation is now anticipated to accelerate the adoption of driverless vehicles to carry passengers, transport goods and others.

Moreover, demand for fuel efficient and smarter high-performance

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Intel and Nvidia Chips Power a Chinese Surveillance System

URUMQI, China — At the end of a desolate road rimmed by prisons, deep within a complex bristling with cameras, American technology is powering one of the most invasive parts of China’s surveillance state.

The computers inside the complex, known as the Urumqi Cloud Computing Center, are among the world’s most powerful. They can watch more surveillance footage in a day than one person could in a year. They look for faces and patterns of human behavior. They track cars. They monitor phones.

The Chinese government uses these computers to watch untold numbers of people in Xinjiang, a western region of China where Beijing has unleashed a campaign of surveillance and suppression in the name of combating terrorism.

Chips made by Intel and Nvidia, the American semiconductor companies, have powered the complex since it opened in 2016. By 2019, at a time when reports said that Beijing was using advanced

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Nvidia Shares Dip on Predicted Decline in Data Center Sales | Top News

By Stephen Nellis and Ayanti Bera

(Reuters) – Nvidia Corp shares declined nearly 3% on Wednesday after company executives said data center chip sales would fall slightly in the fourth quarter.

The dip came after the Santa Clara, California company forecast overall fourth-quarter revenue above Wall Street expectations, betting on robust demand for its graphic chips for gaming devices and data centers.

The chipmaker said it expects current-quarter revenue of $4.80 billion, plus or minus 2%, compared with analysts’ average estimate of $4.42 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Nvidia also beat revenue expectations for the third quarter as gaming business revenue jumped 37% to $2.27 billion from a year earlier, beating FactSet estimates of $2.06 billion. But Chief Financial Officer Colette Kress said that “industry-wide capacity constraints” meant it could be months before supplies of Nvidia’s newest line of gaming chips could catch up with demand.

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Nvidia, Epic to Bring ‘Fortnite’ Back to IPhones in ‘Near Future’ | Technology News

By Stephen Nellis and Supantha Mukherjee

(Reuters) – Nvidia Corp and Epic Games on Thursday said they are working together to put video game “Fortnite” back on Apple Inc’s iPhones in the “near future” as part of Nvidia’s streaming game service.

The popular game has been blocked on Apple’s devices since August, when Epic introduced its own billing system. Apple said that violated its App Store rules and removed “Fortnite” from the store, igniting a legal and public relations battle in which Epic has sued Apple and alleged its App Store rules and fees amount to anticompetitive conduct.

But Nvidia and Epic said “Fortnite” will return to iPhones through the device’s Safari web browser, which is not subject to Apple’s billing requirements or rules. Nvidia, the biggest supplier of chips that speed up video games, is expanding GeForce NOW, a cloud-based gaming service where PC games run inside its data

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Nvidia Lower on Muted Data Center Outlook After Solid Q3

Nvidia Corp.  (NVDA) – Get Report shares slipped lower Thursday after the chipmaker said capacity issues, as well as waning demand, would trim near-term revenue growth in two of its key business sectors. 

Nvidia posted overall third quarter revenues of $4.73 billion, a 57% increase from the same period last year and firmly ahead of the Street consensus forecast of $4.4 billion. Earnings for the three months ending in September were pegged at $2.91 per share, Nvidia said, up 63% from last year and 34 cents ahead of Street forecasts.

Data center revenues, which comprise around half of the group’s total, rose 8% on the quarter and 162% from last year to $1.9 billion, thanks in part to a big purchase from a China-based client — likely Huawei Technologies — and the inclusion of its recent acquisition of Mellanox, an Israel-based networking group. 

However, the group’s current-quarter guidance

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Nvidia (NVDA) earnings Q3 2021

Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of Nvidia Corp., speaks during the company’s event at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.

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Nvidia beat analyst expectations on both earnings and revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter, but the stock dropped more than 3% in extended trading after the company said that revenue from its data center segment would decline sequentially in the current quarter.

Here’s how Nvidia did in the quarter ending in October:

  • Earnings: $2.91 per share, adjusted, vs. $2.57 per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv. 
  • Revenue: $4.73 billion, vs. $4.41 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv. 

Analysts had been expecting a big quarter from the Santa Clara chipmaker driven by sales of its graphics processing unit chips, which are increasingly important for both games and artificial

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Nvidia Shows Volatility After-Hours Despite Q3 Beat

Shares of Nvidia  (NVDA) – Get Report were volatile after hours Wednesday despite the chipmaker reporting October (fiscal third quarter) results that topped analyst estimates for the period. 

TheStreet is live-blogging Nvidia’s Oct. quarter earnings report and call. Please join us!

The Santa Clara-based company reported third quarter revenue of $4.73 billion, a 57% year over year increase, with earnings per share of $2.91. Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting Nvidia to report revenue of $4.41 billion on earnings of $2.57 per share. 

“NVIDIA is firing on all cylinders, achieving record revenues in Gaming, Data Center and overall,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, in a statement. “The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPU provides our largest-ever generational leap and demand is overwhelming. NVIDIA RTX has made ray tracing the new standard in gaming.”

Shares were down 0.2% to $535.95 after-hours Wednesday at last check. 

The company’s

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Nvidia Reports Earnings on Wednesday: 5 Keys to Watch

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Nvidia Reports Earnings on Wednesday: 5 Keys to Watch

Nvidia’s shares are still well above $500 and up more than 125% on the year — gains that leave the GPU giant worth more than $330 billion.

Markets are clearly looking for Nvidia to once more comfortably beat analyst expectations when it reports on Wednesday afternoon. Currently, the consensus among analysts polled by FactSet is for Nvidia to post October quarter (fiscal third quarter) revenue of $4.41 billion (up 46% annually due to both strong organic growth and the Mellanox acquisition) and non-GAAP EPS of $2.58.

For the January quarter — Nvidia usually provides quarterly sales guidance in its reports — the revenue consensus stands at $4.4 billion (up 42%).


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I’ll be live-blogging Nvidia’s earnings report, which is typically released 20 minutes after the market’s close, and an earnings call set for 5 P.M. Eastern Time. Here

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