AMD'S ATI DIVISION thinks that the world plus dog wants to have six screens blasted onto a wall at once.
AMD announced Eyefinity yesterday, a new technology that allows up to six displays to be driven by one video card.
Eyefinity technology will appear in ATI Radeon graphics cards that support DirectX 11. It can run up to six screens in either landscape or portrait orientation as a single combined display.
Yesterday AMD was showing it off onboard the mothballed WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet in Alameda, California. It had 24 monitors hooked up to a single PC, driven by four Eyefinitiy-based graphics cards. The four GPUs - each driving six 24-inch Dell LCD monitors - powered a 3D flight simulator that ran across all 24 screens.
Apparently Samsung has worked with AMD on producing ultrathin-bezel monitors and stands designed with Eyefinity in mind.
The technology uses Displayport although HDMI and DVI-based cards should also be available. It can manage a theoretical maximum resolution of 268 megapixels. In a statement, AMD pointed out that the typical 19-inch LCD has a resolution of a bit over one megapixel, so each Eyefinity card should easily be capable of driving six 30-inch or even larger displays.
AMD didn't announce specific price points, but did state that Eyefinity-based graphics will make it into desktops and notebooks "at very affordable prices".
While we can see that gaming enthusiasts will certainly want to have a go, we can also imagine that others including engineers, scientists and doctors might want to use six screens in visualisation applications too. µ
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