PORTLAND, Ore. 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.
"Our accelerators can off-load the main processor by buffering often-used graphics information in memory resident on the FirePro accelerators," said Bahman Dara, ATI's senior product marketing manager.
VBO is a buffer that stores frequently used data about triangles and lines into memory on the graphics accelerator, instead of requiring the host processor to constantly access a hard disk to retrieve it. The result is a four-fold speed increase over non-VBO application execution.
ATI's new line of graphics accelerators have already achieved a 40 percent speed increase over last year's models by using AMD's latest processors.
At the Siggraph 2008 conference in August, ATI showed its entry level FireGL FireMV accelerators, but at IBC 2008 the company will show its higher end FirePro accelerators, which include 30-bit color rendering as well as support for the new DisplayPort interconnection standard and 3-D synchronized right- and left-eye image support for stereographic displays.