AMD Launches Powerful New Graphics Processors

AMD has launched the FirePro line of graphics cards for the workstation, and now added server graphics cards for powering graphics workloads in the data center.

John Rath

August 30, 2012

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AMD Launches Powerful New Graphics Processors


The AMD FirePro S9000 graphics card, designed to power graphics processing in data centers  (Image: AMD)

AMD recently launched the FirePro line of graphics cards for the workstation, and now it has launched server graphics cards for powering graphics workloads in the data center.

Powerful Graphics Processors

AMD launched the FirePro S9000 and S7000 dual and single-slot server graphics cards for compute, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and workstation graphics deployments in data centers. Reducing power consumption by up to 95 percent at idle, the new cards are equipped with intelligent AMD PowerTune and ZeroCore Power technologies.

“More companies want to virtualize their IT ecosystem in order to do more with less, while remaining responsive to the needs of their users,” said David Cummings, senior director and general manager, Professional Graphics, AMD. “With the arrival of the AMD FirePro S9000 and S7000 GPUs, we are responding to these needs by providing a seamless solution. Our server graphics not only provide an unrivaled feature set for data center customers, but blistering compute performance and outstanding power efficiency.”

The AMD FirePro S9000 and S7000 server graphics bring improved VDI densities while supporting virtualization technologies from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, making it possible to install multiple graphics cards in a server and support multiple users remotely. Both server graphics cards offer a flexible and scalable solution capable of supporting remote desktop deployments; render farms, traditional workstation graphics applications, and high performance computing (HPC) implementations that require massive floating point calculations.

The S9000 provides 3.23 TFLOPs of compute performance with 6GB GDDR5 frame buffer and optimized power management. The S7000 features 154 GB per second of memory bandwidth and 2.4 TFLOPs of compute performance.

New Chief Graphics architect

AMD also announced that John Gustafson has joined the company as senior fellow and chief product architect, in the Graphics Business Unit. In this role, Gustafson will set the technical vision for the AMD graphics business unit, driving the technology roadmap and platform for the AMD Radeon and AMD FirePro product lines as well as new technology planning and execution of business objectives.

“Our industry-leading graphics technology predicates that we consistently deliver the most differentiated and superior graphics processor unit (GPU) architectures and products - without compromise,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics. “With the growing importance of parallel compute in defining the computing experience, John brings the full package of industry experience and knowledge needed to help us expand and execute our AMD Radeon and AMD FirePro graphics technology programs, and will help forge an aggressive long-term roadmap that allows AMD to continue to lead and win with our gaming and virtualization technologies.”

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