AMD reveals industry-changing graphics technologies and partnerships at Capsaicin Siggraph

Today AMD revealed new, industry changing graphics technologies and partnerships that will shape the CG community and to the rest of the world for years to come at its “Capsaicin Siggraph” press conference and webcast, including new professional-class Radeon products to power the burgeoning immersive content creation era.

1) AMD Introduces New Radeon Pro WX Series
  • AMD today unveils powerful new solutions to address modern content creation and engineering: the new Radeon Pro WX Series of professional graphics cards, which harness the award-winning Polaris architecture and is designed to deliver exceptional capabilities for the immersive computing era.
  • Radeon Pro solutions and the new Radeon Pro WX Series of professional graphics cards represent a fundamentally different approach for professionals rooted in a commitment to open, non-proprietary software and performant, feature-rich hardware that empowers people to create the “art of the impossible”.
  • The new Radeon Pro WX series graphics cards deliver on the promise of this new era of creation, are optimized for open source software, and are designed for creative professionals and those pushing the boundaries of science, technology and engineering.
  • Radeon Pro WX Series professional graphics cards are designed to address specific demands of the modern content creation era:
  • Radeon Pro WX 7100 GPU is capable of handling demanding design engineering and media and entertainment workflows and is AMD’s most affordable workstation solution for professional VR content creation.
  • Radeon Pro WX 5100 GPU is the ideal solution for product development, powered by the impending game-engine revolution in design visualization.
  • Radeon Pro WX 4100 GPU provides great performance in a half-height design, finally bringing mid-range application performance demanded by CAD professionals to small form factor (SFF) workstations
  • Please see the media kit for details on SEP and expected availability.
 
2) AMD formally launches ProRender and moves to GPUOpen
  • AMD today announced its powerful physically-based rendering engine is becoming open source, giving developers access to the source code.
  • As part of GPUOpen, Radeon ProRender (formerly previewed as AMD FireRender) enables creators to bring ideas to life through high-performance applications and workflows enhanced by photorealistic rendering.
  • GPUOpen is an AMD initiative designed to assist developers in creating ground-breaking games, professional graphics applications and GPU computing applications with much greater performance and lifelike experiences, at no cost and using open development tools and software.
  • Unlike other renderers, Radeon ProRender can simultaneously use and balance the compute capabilities of multiple GPUs and CPUs – on the same system, at the same time – and deliver state-of-the-art GPU acceleration to produce rapid, accurate results.
  • Radeon ProRender plugins are available today for many popular 3D content creation applications, including Autodesk® 3ds Max®, SOLIDWORKS by Dassault Systèmes and Rhino®, with Autodesk® Maya® coming soon. Radeon ProRender works across Windows®, OS X and Linux®, and supports AMD GPUs, CPUs and APUs as well as those of other vendors.
 
3) AMD Radeon Solid State Graphics Technology set to transform workstation PC architecture
  • AMD today announced it is developing a new Radeon Pro solution for large dataset applications, which will be available initially as a developer kit.
  • Starting at a full terabyte of Radeon Solid State Graphics (SSG), this innovative Radeon Pro technology will provide more than an order of magnitude greater memory capacity compared to existing GPU memory implementations, enabling vastly higher performance and ideal for the next wave of demanding use-case scenarios including real-time post-production of 8K video, high-resolution rendering, VR content creation, oil and gas exploration, computational engineering, medical imaging and life sciences.
  • During the world’s first demonstration of a Radeon Pro SSG solution, 8K raw video timeline scrubbing was accelerated from 17 frames per second to a stunning 90+ frames per second.
  • Applications for developer kits are now being accepted and full availability is planned for 2017. For more information and an application for a developer kit, refer to the Radeon website.

For more details on these exciting updates, please check out the Capsaicin webcast at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icm9B1nkGJ0

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