April 15, 2009

AMD Renews Commitment to OpenGL API for Streamlined Application Development

Sunnyvale, Calif. - AMD has renewed its commitment to the OpenGL 3D graphics API by offering OpenGL 3.0 support in ATI FirePro drivers. OpenGL is a leading environment for developing interactive 3D graphics applications. AMD also announced the publication of OpenGL extensions backed by a promise of future support for the recently-announced OpenGL 3.1.
OpenGL helps foster innovation and speed application development by incorporating a set of rendering, texture mapping, special effects, and other powerful visualization functions. Developers can leverage OpenGL across all popular desktop and workstation platforms, ensuring wide application deployment.

AMD’s commitment to OpenGL as an extensible graphics API is exemplified by its release of OpenGL 3.0 drivers, its commitment to supporting OpenGL 3.1, and its innovations with OpenGL extensions such as AMD_vertex_shader_tessellator and AMD_GPU_association. These  extensions enable improved performance scaling and parallel processing with multiple GPUs and enhanced scene realism through increased geometry detail.

Supported now with ATI Catalyst Version 8.583 graphics drivers for ATI FirePro, at http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html, OpenGL 3.0 marks its own milestone of re-invigoration of this cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API. OpenGL 3.1 is the newest revision of this industry standard. In upcoming ATI Catalyst software releases, AMD plans to continue to expand its support for extensions targeted at future versions of OpenGL, including OpenGL 3.1.