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AMD Intros AMD FirePro W9100 Professional Graphics Card
By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor
AMD (News - Alert) unveiled its new professional graphics card, the AMD FirePro W9100—most suitable for 4K workstations accelerated by OpenCL or open computing language.
Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD Graphics said, “Now is the time when 4K displays are more readily available and accessible. We’re seeing even more applications demand increased memory support while pushing the limits of real-time 4K video production and rendering.”
The FirePro card features graphics of up to 2.62 TFLOPS, double precision of GPU compute power and ultra-high resolution multi-display capabilities. The 16GB ultra-fast GDDR5 memory in the card will allow workstation users to multi-task across six 4K displays and manipulate, edit, color-correct, and layer the displays in multiple effects in real-time.
The graphics card is powered by the company’s graphics core next architecture, enabling creative professionals to enhance their performance using a single GPU. Design and engineering professionals will benefit from the high levels of detail, speed, responsiveness and creativity.
The visual supercomputing performance of the card helps in the creation of complex engineering and creative projects in ultra-high resolutions, allowing professionals to have control of even the smallest details.
This reduces the time taken to complete single precision operations used within simulations, post production and effects, signal processing, video transcoding and digital rendering applications. The 16GB GDDR5 memory enhances the responsiveness with a 512-bit memory interface and 320 GB/s of memory bandwidth. This enables editing of 4K video, including multiple effects and color correcting on the fly, in addition to manipulating data sets.
By combining up to four AMD FirePro W9100 workstation graphics cards in a single desktop system, users can work with multiple 4K video streams by leveraging the combined processing power.
AMD recently announced that its ongoing collaboration with Adobe (News - Alert) has yielded numerous performance optimizations for new creative functions and workflow enhancements that will be available soon to video professionals using Adobe Creative Cloud.
The new features include high performance delayering for RED camera R3D media files, enhanced performance for new masking features, a new time-saving master clip capability and other tools.
Edited by Maurice Nagle