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AMD unveils workstation graphics accelerators

Posted: 09 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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AMD has announced five new high-performance ATI FireGL workstation graphics accelerators for CAD, DCC and medical imaging professionals.

The ATI FireGL V8650, FireGL V8600, FireGL V7600, FireGL V5600 and FireGL V3600 graphics boards are based on the next-generation ATI GPU with an innovative unified shader architecture featuring up to 320 individual stream processing units. These new boards deliver acceleration of DirectX 10- and OpenGL 2.1-based professional applications resulting in increased performance of more than 300 percent as compared to the previous generation of product, according to AMD's announcement.

"AMD's ability to continually offer graphics innovation at the high end, while delivering full-featured products at the entry level reflects our strategy of enabling the ultimate visual experience for professional designers and those who consume their content," said Rick Bergman, senior VP and general manager, AMD graphics products group.

Several key features distinguish the new series of ATI FireGL workstation graphics boards. A 2Gbyte on-board memory, said to be an industry-first, enables engineers and designers to interact with larger datasets and more complex models. The ATI FireGL unified shader architecture maximizes graphics throughput for today's engineering and animation software.

AMD's unique AutoDetect feature instinctively optimizes the graphics driver based on the user's specific software applications even while running multiple programs simultaneously. With AutoDetect, end users are no longer required to manually adjust application specific settings, even when toggling between different applications.

All ATI FireGL Visualization series products utilize a unified driver, which simplifies installation, deployment and maintenance, while support for Microsoft Vista enables future compatibility. Native multicard support maximizes output flexibility by enabling larger displays, higher resolutions and the ability to drive four screens from two graphics cards in the same workstation. In addition, stream computing applications can leverage the massively parallel processing capability of the GPU for compute-intensive tasks such as physics, structural analysis and financial modeling.

The new series of ATI FireGL workstation graphics accelerators are expected to begin shipping next month and will be available from workstation OEMs, system integrators and channel partners worldwide.

ATI FireGL pricing is as follows:

ATI FireGL V8650 (2Gbytes) - $2,799
ATI FireGL V8600 (1Gbyte) - $1,899
ATI FireGL V7600 (512MB) - $999
ATI FireGL V5600 (512Mbytes) - $599
ATI FireGL V3600 (256Mbytes) - $299.

AMD will be participating at the 7th Embedded Systems Conference-Taiwan (ESC-Taiwan) and the 15th EDA & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition (EDA&T-Taiwan) on August 23-24 at Taipei International Convention Center.

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