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Apr 17, 2012

AMD and PTC Work Together to Boost AMD FirePro Performance

Professional graphics designers now have, or will soon have, an extra reason to consider buying AMD FirePro professional graphics cards when making a workstation.

Advanced Micro Devices and product development software maker PTC have announced a partnership for improving Creo performance.

More precisely, they intend to make 3D transparency in PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 run up to 900% faster.

Similarly, they believe that it is possible to boost shaded 3D frame rates and interactivity by over four times.

Coupled with the optimizations in the Catalyst Pro drivers, this should lead to better workflow, performance and reliability on all FirePro adapters.

"PTC and the AMD FirePro team have collaborated to deliver Creo graphics performance and workflow optimizations to help designers create, innovate and deliver products that meet their customers' needs," said Brian Thompson, vice president, MCAD Product Management at PTC. 

"The new performance enhancements in Creo Parametric 2.0 include GPU-accelerated transparency and 3D viewport performance enhancements. AMD FirePro professional performance-optimized graphics cards and drivers help users fully realize the power of Creo 2.0."

The joint effort of the two companies has taken the form of a very fast GPU-accelerated 3D transparency mode and GPU-accelerated OpenGL functions.

Users will get better workflow efficiency, improved decision-making effectiveness and may even “build overall awareness throughout the design process.”

EyeFinity multi-display scenarios may be used at users' discretion as well. Large worksheets could benefit greatly here, especially since AMD GeometryBoost technology doubles raw geometry performance.

"The latest AMD FirePro professional graphics cards and drivers have been specifically engineered to enhance the productivity of PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 users," said Antoine Reymond, senior strategic alliance manager, workstation graphics, AMD. 

"Technical designers rely on software and hardware tools to optimize their workflow and enable them to effectively design without performance bottlenecks. Our collaboration with PTC helps ensure design professionals using AMD FirePro professional graphics cards will experience a significant boost in performance, resulting in superior productivity and design intuition."


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