August 9, 2007

AMD Unveils ATI FireGL Workstation Graphics Accelerators

At SIGGRAPH 2007, AMD announced five high-performance ATI FireGL workstation graphics accelerators for DCC, CAD, 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 graphics processing unit (GPU) with a unified shader architecture featuring up to 320 individual stream processing units. These new boards accelerate DirectX 10- and OpenGL 2.1-based professional applications, resulting in increased performance.            
An industry-first 2GB of on-board memory enables engineers and designers to interact with larger datasets and more complex models. The ATI FireGL unified shader architecture maximizes graphics throughput for engineering and animation software. AMD’s AutoDetect feature 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.
All ATI FireGL Visualization series products use 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 from AMD are expected to begin shipping in September 2007.