In its historical headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA AMD gathered financial analysts and press to announce their latest product for the professional graphics market. Hosted by Matt Skynner, Raja Koduri and David Cummings, the event was streamed live to the interested audience.
AMD FirePro W9100 vs. the competition: It is very clear what does AMD thinks about its latest hardware.
And the audience is quite large ? the arrival of 4K world-wide and 8K in Japan is driving the demand for more compute power than ever before, with the average of six to twelve times the compute requirements than with ?regular? Full HD video. That?s more than one order of magnitude from the Standard Definition video and the demand for the sold-out competitor, Nvidia Quadro K6000 12GB speaks for itself.
AMD FirePro W9100 will star in the upcoming professional conferences such as the 2014 NAB in Las Vegas and ISC in Germany.
AMD themselves experienced record growth and revenue last year, and FirePro W9100 is their crown jewel for the 2014 ? gunning to knock the incumbent Quadro line-up from its pedestal. FirePro W9100 brings 2.7 TFLOPS of double-precision compute and over 5TFLOPS of single-precision, pairing a fully-unlocked Hawaii GPU chip with an unprecedented 16GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory.
Raja Koduri showed a slide that claims FirePro W9100 owns the competition in SolidWorks 2014
At the same time, the card supports no less than six 4K panels, or two 8K panels at the same time. As the world is turning towards the complete solution and the component manufacturers are no longer as relevant as they were ijn the past, AMD unveiled a complete solution for the market:
Probably the biggest announcement: AMD Visual SuperComputer
Years after NVIDIA introduced their Maximus platform, AMD is coming to the market with an unprecedented amount of compute power. This computer will come to market through AMD’s selected partners:
- Boxx Workstations
- Mouse Computer
- Versatile Distribution Services
- Wortmann AG
The computer is based on up to two 8-core Intel Xeon E5 v2 series processors, with 32 to 256GB of DDR3 system memory, and almost unheard – 64GB of ultra-fast GDDR5 video memory. The display capabilities are second to none, as you can drive no less than 24 4K panels (or up to eight 8K panels with 24fps+ performance).
This clearly sets the stage for AMD as the company exits recovery mode and prepares to go for the high margin business. Time will tell if AMD sales team can support this level of performance and requirements of this fast paced ecosystem. From the looks of it, they’re doing better and better.