Thursday, September 11, 2008

"HARDWARE: AMD boosts 3-D graphics acceleration"

Advanced Micro Devices' ATI graphics unit will claim performance milestones later this week for its FirePro 3-D graphics accelerators. The AMD group said it expects to deliver what it says is the fastest and most cost effective rendering for 3-D CAD software during this week's IBC 2008 conference in Amsterdam. The device targets the creation, management and delivery of digital content for the entertainment industry. ATI said it worked directly with vendors to develop the 3-D modeling software. Vendors included Solidworks Corp. and Dassault Systems, which offers the Catia (Computer-Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application). For both 3-D modeling packages, ATI built in direct vertex buffer object (VBO) support for its line of 3-D graphics accelerators.