by Anton Shilov
08/07/2012 | 08:24 PM
Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday introduced its first desktop chips based on Trinity design that are aimed at professional graphics applications. The new accelerated processing units are certified for professional apps and support advanced features like multi-monitor output, 30-bit color support as well as a number of unique capabilities.
AMD FirePro A300 and A320 APUs feature four Piledriver-class x86 cores, 384 stream processors, 4MB L2 cache as well as dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The professional-grade APUs support double-precision computing on GPU cores, output on up to four displays (depends on mainboard and type of connectors), ultra-high resolutions like 10240*1600 pixels, dynamic acceleration TurboCore technology 3.0, advanced universal video decoder/encoder for video. In addition, the novelties support new discrete compute offload (DCO) technology that enables additional compute capability by using select discrete GPUs in parallel with APU graphics for extended GPGPU performance.
The new AMD FirePro A300-series APUs combine industry-certified performance and reliability for professional applications and were developed specifically for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations meant for computer-aided design, and media and entertainment (M&E) workflows. AMD FirePro A300-series APUs are the first single-chip processors capable of delivering the workstation-class visual computing performance required for today’s advanced professional design programs. The FirePro A300 APUs offers OEMs and workstation integrators (WSIs) greater design flexibility, enabling new workstation designs that help save space, are energy efficient, and have low heat and noise levels without compromising workstation-class performance and reliability.
“Design professionals demand workstation-class tools that enable productivity and flexibility in their workflow, and the AMD FirePro A300 series APUs enable workstation integrators and OEMs an exciting new computing platform on which to design and build powerful, entry-level desktop workstation configurations that deliver unbeatable value for CAD and M&E workflows,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD Graphics.
AMD FirePro A300 series APUs are vigorously tested and certified for reliability and compatibility with a wide range of professional applications. All AMD FirePro A300 series APUs are powered by AMD Catalyst Pro software, enabling application performance and compatibility with ISV-certified software and optimized performance for CAD and M&E applications. The AMD FirePro graphics ISV alliances team maintains very close collaboration with dozens of ISVs to ensure alignment for product and driver updates.
Professional graphics designers and engineers require high-performance graphics solutions, but even more they require stability and reliability. Thanks to Catalyst Pro software, they are going to get that, but what remains to be seen is whether they will be satisfied with overall performance and capabilities of a quad-core microprocessor and essentially entry-level graphics.
The AMD FirePro A300 series APUs will be available in systems from a number of workstation integrators starting in August of 2012.