The two firms signed an agreement covering joint development of a ray-tracing engine and rendering solution to support the market centered around OpenCL and AMD graphics technology. It will allow OPTIS development engineers early access to AMD graphics cards and future systems, as well as direct support from AMD to help ensure quality, validation, and performance of the final solution. The goal is to have the solution support available on any of the latest AMD FirePro professional graphics cards.
OPTIS' technology is based on physics algorithms associating optical properties of light and material to human vision performance.
Thanks to the convergence of both parties' R&D efforts over the past 3 years, the challenge of developing unique, true physics-based real-time rendering technology is now well underway, says a spokesperson.
"AMD is intently focused on driving improved visual computing experiences for all market sectors, and this is particularly important for computer aided design applications," says Sandeep Gupte, general manager of Professional Graphics for AMD. "Our work with OPTIS is critical to providing design professionals the advanced graphics processing hardware and software needed to harness the intricacies of light and optical environments. This is yet another example of the maturation of the OpenCL industry standard, a critical tool to facilitate development of powerful software."
Jacques DELACOUR, OPTIS President & CEO says: "At OPTIS, we develop physics-based rendering software providing highly accurate rendered images, which the world's largest manufacturers use to base their design decisions on. As a market standard, OpenCL is a great opportunity to benefit from all the power required for massively parallel computation available on heterogeneous platforms, including multi-core CPU & GPU. These applications are ready for future APUs with the level of graphics performance professional users demand."