At this year’s Capsaicin Siggraph press conference, AMD revealed that some new graphics technologies and partnerships. AMD believes that these partnerships and technologies will change the industry and shape the computer graphics community for the coming years.
One of the reveals was about the new Radeon Pro WX Series. It is a series aimed at modern professionals in content creation and engineering. Based on the AMD’s Polaris architecture, the Radeon Pro WX series is designed to “deliver exceptional capabilities for the immersive computing era”. Made to address specific demands in content creation today, the Radeon WX series is targeted at workloads like demanding design engineering, media entertainment, product development, or CAD designs.
AMD also formally launch Radeon ProRender and moved its development under GPUOpen, which is an open source environment that will give developers access to the source code. With ProRender, content creators are able to realise their ideas by using high-performance applications and workflows enhanced by photorealistic rendering. In addition, ProRender is special in that it can use the computing capabilities of multiple GPUs and CPUs at the same time, while balancing the compute load evenly. With this feature, it can provide cutting edge GPU acceleration for faster and more accurate results.
Plugins for the new Radeon ProRender are available for widely used 3D applications, including Autodesk 3ds Max, SOLIDWORKS by Dassault Systèmes and Rhino. Plugins for Autodesk Maya will also be made available soon. In terms of platform and hardware compatibility, Radeon ProRender will work on Windows, OS X and Linux operating system. It will support AMD’s GPUs, CPUs and APUs, as well as hardware from other vendors.
AMD also announced the Radeon Solid State Graphics (SSG), an innovative technology based on Radeon Pro. This technology will deliver greater memory capacity directly to the existing GPU, which will provide greater performance. It’s ideal for when rendering huge data sets, such as real-time post-production of 8K videos, high-resolution rendering, VR content creation, oil and gas exploration, computational engineering, medical imaging and life sciences.