AMD Delivers Significant Graphics Performance and Compatibility Enhancements for Consumer Linux Users
ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 Series, Accelerated Indirect GLX Support and Increased Gaming Performance Highlight Most Significant Series of CAtalyst™ Software Enhancements Ever for Linux Users
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced plans to extend its leadership position in graphics software with major enhancements to performance and compatibility for ATI Radeon™ graphics for consumer Linux users. These improvements are planned for subsequent releases of ATI’s Catalyst™ software package beginning in early September. This announcement represents a significant first step in redefining the graphics landscape for Linux consumer users. Moving forward, AMD also plans to accelerate efforts to address the needs of the open source community as well.
“In the second half of 2007 we plan to deliver the most significant enhancements for ATI Radeon graphics ever for Linux and reaffirm our commitment to consumer users and the community as a whole.”
“As client computing on Linux continues to grow so has our support and focus on delivering best-in-class performance and compatibility for our products,” said Ben Bar-Haim, vice president of software, Graphics Product Group at AMD. “In the second half of 2007 we plan to deliver the most significant enhancements for ATI Radeon graphics ever for Linux and reaffirm our commitment to consumer users and the community as a whole.”
With the forthcoming Catalyst 7.9 software release in September, AMD will add Linux support for the ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 series of graphics processors. The Radeon HD 2000 series offer a number of compelling new features for Linux users including AMD’s patented unified shader architecture.
In addition to expanded GPU support, Catalyst™ 7.9 is being designed to offer a number of major performance improvements across the board with users seeing up to 90 per cent improvement in such popular titles as Doom 3 and Quake 4 (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=823&num=3). In Q4 2007, AMD’s Catalyst software package for Linux will add support for Accelerated Indirect GLX (AIGLX). AIGLX is an enabling technology that allows Linux users to enjoy a rich visual 3D user interface that provides a more immersive end-user compute experience.
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(a) Testing of Catalyst 7.9 done by Phoronix. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=823&num=3. Test setup consisted of dual Intel® Xeon E5320 "Clovertown" processors, 4GB of DDR2 FB-DIMM RAM, Tyan Tempest i5000XT motherboard, OCZ ModXStream 780W PSU, and a Seagate 7200.9 300GB HDD. Phoronix used Fedora 7 with the Linux 18.104.22.168 kernel and X server 1.3. The ATI Radeon X1300PRO, ATI Radeon X1800XL, ATI Radeon X1800XT, and ATI Radeon X1950PRO were all PCI Express x16 based and each had 256MB of video memory.
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