CHIP DESIGNER AMD has released its Firepro R5000 graphics card that has video over IP capabilities.
AMD typically promotes its workstation class Firepro cards using CAD/CAM software, however this time the company is relying on remote viewing as the big selling point for its latest workstation graphics card. AMD's Firepro R5000 has a GPU that uses its Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and Teradici PC video over IP technology to send graphics output over the network.
AMD used its Pitcarin GPU coupled to 2GB of GDDR5 memory in the Firepro R5000. However it isn't AMD's GPU that is the big selling point of the Firepro R5000 but rather Teradici's Tera2240 chip that encrypts display output before sending it out on the network, while supporting up to 60fps (frames per second).
AMD's Firepro R5000 is intended to be used in render farms, with each final image being sent over an IP network to the end host, and the firm claims that the technology can be used in education, financial and media environments.
The Firepro R5000 is a single slot graphics card that has two mini Displayport outputs that can drive two 2500x1600 displays, however it can also drive a further four remote displays at 1920x1200 resolution by sending data over its RJ45 Ethernet port.
Both AMD and Teradici talked up the low configuration overheads of the Firepro R5000.
AMD said that its Firepro R5000 is available in the retail channel now and the cards come with a three year warranty. µ