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AMD launches Firepro graphics updates for CAD workstations

Firepro W series to offer double memory with GCN
Tue Aug 12 2014, 14:34

AMD HAS ANNOUNCED updated Firepro professional graphics cards aimed at workstation users for the CAD and engineering industries, which it claims offer "at least doubled memory" over predecessors.

AMD launched part of its latest Firepro range earlier this year when it unveiled the W9100 graphics card in April and Firepro W8100 card in June, both of which were based on AMD's Hawaii GPU architecture and touted as "high volume specialist" cards for the professional graphics market.

The firm filled out the Firepro range today when it introduced the AMD Firepro W2100, W4100, W5100, and W7100 professional graphics cards with the AMD Graphics Core Next architecture (GCN) architecture.

GCN refers to a techology that enables gamers to experience high-performance video games with Mantle, a tool for alleviating CPU bottlenecks such as API overhead and inefficient multi-threading. Mantle, which is basically AMD's answer to Microsoft's Directx, enables improvements in graphics processing performance and with this announcement AMD said that it will be bringing Mantle to workstation graphics, but couldn't say when, telling us to "keep our eyes peeled for news" in that arena soon.

AMD FirePro W2100

The AMD Firepro W2100, W4100, W5100 and W7100 each offer varying feature sets and performance, and thus will have staggered pricing. However, all have one thing in common: they are targeted at the Computer Aided Design (CAD), video, animation, design and engineering industries and aim "to work at exceptional levels of detail, speed, productivity, responsiveness and creativity" like previous models, but at lower power.

AMD FirePro W4100

The latest Firepro graphics cards are backed by larger memory configurations and have extended display support, increased compute performance, next generation API support and PCIe 3.0 support.

AMD FirePro W5100

"This new generation of AMD Firepro graphics will help workstation manufacturers and channel providers to offer powerful, reliable solutions designed to improve application performance and increased productivity to help end users do more," AMD said.

AMD FirePro W7100

The AMD Firepro W9100 and W8100 graphics cards are already available to purchase, while the newly announced Firepro W2100, W4100 and W5100 graphics cards will be available in September, AMD said, and the Firepro W7100 graphics card will be available sometime in the fourth quarter. µ


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