AMD supports OpenGL 4.1 for Windows and Linux

AMD has announced its support of Open GL 4.1 on Microsoft and Linux platforms in its latest driver release for a number of its graphics cards.

The driver release, available on the AMD website for the ATI FirePro, ATI FireGl and AMD Radeon cards, will support OpenGL 4.1 for Microsoft’s Windows 7, Vista, XP, as well as Linux.

“AMD has a long tradition of supporting open industry standards, and with the announcement of support for OpenGL 4.1, we continue to demonstrate that commitment,” said Janet Matsuda, general manager, AMD professional graphics.

“Maintaining OpenGL as a strong and viable graphics API is very important to AMD and we are proud to support the OpenGL development community.”

The latest drivers are named as ATI FirePro and ATI FireGL unified driver 8.801 and AMD Catalyst 10.12.

“The Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. R&D team is focused on offering the best user experience possible by enabling real-time OpenGL rendering,” said Ron Bates, Senior Manager, Graphical Applications, Dassault Systemes.

“AMD, through its close collaboration with Dassault Systemes, and its optimized OpenGL implementation and consistent support, presents SolidWorks users with
an extraordinary graphics experience.”

AMD’s driver for OpenGL 4.1 includes full compatibility with the OpenGL 4.1 standard on AMD’s most recent graphics products including ATI FirePro V3800, ATI FirePro V4800, ATI FirePro V5800, ATI FirePro V7800, ATI FirePro V8800 and ATI FirePro V9800 and the AMD Radeon HD 6900 and AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6800 graphics cards.

It will feature improved OpenCL(TM) interoperability for accelerating computationally intensive visual applications, as well as continued support for both the Core and Compatibility profiles first introduced with OpenGL 3.2, enabling developers to use a streamlined API or retain backwards compatibility for existing OpenGL code, depending on their needs

The driver will allow higher geometric precision with 64-bit floating-point component vertex shader inputs, and increased rendering flexibility with multiple viewports for a rendering surface.

It was also announced by AMD today that it would be appointing two of the firm’s technical leaders, Sam Naffziger and Leendert van Doorn, to AMD Corporate Fellow for their leadership in power management technology and software development, respectively.

Corporate Fellow is the highest level of technical recognition at AMD, with Naffziger and van Doorn becoming only the third and fourth employees to hold the position.

“This designation is reserved for individuals who impact AMD’s business opportunities and technical breadth by providing a high degree of expertise, creativity and strategic direction,” said Chekib Akrout, senior vice president and general manager of AMD Technology Development.

“Sam and Leendert are not only leaders in their respective technical fields, but they are also crucial to AMD’s competitive position.”

Sam Naffziger is said to have more than 22 years of experience in developing microprocessors and has been described as a ‘visionary’ in circuit design and power management technologies, since joining AMD in 2006, notably making significant contributions to the Bulldozer core.

Leendert van Doorn is a recognised technical authority in a number of key areas, says AMD, including operating systems, virtualisation, security and manageability.