by Anton Shilov
07/11/2011 | 11:47 PM
Advanced Micro Devices on Monday introduced its new graphics processing unit (GPU) for notebooks designed for gamers. The company claims that its new Radeon HD 6990M graphics solution is the highest-performing single-chip graphics adapter for mobile personal computers.
AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphics solution for laptops is based on the company's latest Cayman architecture featuring VLIW4 technology. The novelty sports 1120 stream processing units, 56 texture units, 32 raster operation units as well as 256-bit GDDR5 memory interface. AMD's flagship mobile GPU fully supports DirectX 11 capabilities, OpenGL 4.1, OpenCL 1.1, hardware-accelerated playback of high-definition video formats (including stereo-3D formats) and other modern features.
As expected, the Radeon HD 6990M fully supports AMD's dual-graphics technology, which ensures that graphics chips coupled with AMD's Fusion integrated graphics solution get a speed boost. Additionally, CrossFireX, Eyefinity 6 and other exclusive features from AMD are supported.
It is noteworthy that the Radeon HD 6990M graphics solution is a single-chip product. By contrast, desktop Radeon HD 6990 graphics card is a dual-chip flagship solution that offers radically higher performance than the Radeon HD 6990M. Nonetheless, the latter is still among the faster notebook GPUs at the planer.
“There’s always been a belief that when it comes to mobile computing you need to make performance compromises. Today AMD demolishes that myth. The AMD Radeon HD 6990M GPU, which not only packs AMD Eyefinity technology with unprecedented specs, also provides full Microsoft DirectX 11 and Stereo 3D support. Bottom line, this processor is epic and it’s here - now," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of GPU division at AMD.
The first laptops to feature one or even two AMD Radeon HD 6990M graphics solutions are Alienware M18x, Clevo X7200/P170HM/P150HM as well as select systems from Eurocom.