PORTLAND, Ore. -- 3D stereographic imaging--popular for computer-aided design (CAD), medical imaging and digital content creation--has harnessed the capabilities of Advanced Micro Devices' latest graphics processor chipset on the ATI FireGL V7700 professional graphics accelerator card. Capable of creating photorealistic visualizations of real-world objects and environments on stereoscopic displays, the new accelerator is the first commercially available 3D workstation card to support 3D on DisplayPort--the latest digital display interface standard by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).
"We announced the AMD RV670 chipset in January ," said Hao Pham, the group product marketing manager for workstation graphics at AMD. "But the FireGLV7700 card is the first professional graphics accelerator to use this 55 nanometer chipset. It's also the first 3D workstation card to implement DisplayPort."
AMD purchased graphics processor maker ATI in 2006, making it into both a component supplier and subsystem maker supplying both consumer and professional markets. Its AMD RV670 is the latest incarnation of the graphics processor, and has already been utilized by gamers using ATI's consumer-level accelerators. The FireGL V7700 is said to be the first professional workstation card utilizing the latest AMD RV670 chip set, and also the first to offer DisplayPort.
The FireGL V7700's DisplayPort offers twice the performance of older DVI interfaces, plus it supports micro-packet architecture, 10-bit color spaces that can render more than one billion colors, 2 Gbytes of memory, and it provides digital content protection. The display's AMD RV670 chip set can support 320 unified shaders--graphic rendering code that enables a fully programmable pipeline.
Besides DisplayPort, the FireGL V7700 also supports dual-link DVI systems, enabling two displays to be set side-by-side to show a total of 5000-pixel-wide spread across two displays.
AMD recommends the FireGL V7700 accelerator for graphics professionals using complex 3D models and large data-sets that must be rendered as photorealistic visualizations, such as for aircraft or architectural rendering.