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April 13, 2009

AMD to offer OpenGL support in ATI FirePro drivers

OpenGL is an environment for developing interactive 3D graphics applications

By CBR Staff Writer

AMD has announced its renewed commitment to the OpenGL 3D graphics API by offering OpenGL 3.0 support in ATI FirePro drivers. OpenGL is an environment for developing interactive 3D graphics applications.

AMD also announced the publication of high value OpenGL extensions backed by a promise of future support for its OpenGL 3.1.

According to AMD, OpenGL helps promote innovation and speed application development by incorporating a broad set of rendering, texture mapping, special effects, and other visualisation functions. Developers can leverage the power of OpenGL across all popular desktop and workstation platforms, ensuring wide application deployment, the company added.

Janet Matsuda, senior director of AMD professional graphics, said: AMD’s implementation of OpenGL 3.0 demonstrates our commitment to delivering continued support for the OpenGL API, which is the API of choice for many CAD, digital content creation and scientific application providers.

AMD has long been an active participant in OpenGL API standards work. Extensions, such as tessellation, allow developers to take full advantage of powerful ATI FirePro graphics accelerators that provide performance, stability and visionary innovation for graphics professionals. We look forward to future enhancements that will be available in OpenGL 3.1 and beyond.

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