AMD intros ATI Stream SDK: Fusion

AMD has announced an updated version of its ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK) v2.2, which it says will give developers the tools they require to build next generation applications.

The software comes with full OpenCL 1.1 support and takes advantage of both CPU and GPU processing power in a given system, which AMD says makes applications like 3D video, HD video chat and multi-display 3D gaming possible.

The development platform is also said to give to the developer community a wide range of tools including support for OpenCL 1.1, in addition to Ubuntu 10.04 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5. The updated development platform claims to “empower the developer community to accelerate applications on the CPU and GPU quickly and efficiently.”

There is also additional support for Linux and Windows compilers, including GNU Compiler Collection 4.1 or later, Microsoft Visual Studio (MSVS) 2010 Professional Edition and Minimalist GNU (GCC 4.4) for Windows (MinGW).

Patricia Harrell, director of Stream Computing, AMD, said: “Availability of the ATI Stream SDK v2.2 with OpenCL 1.1 support is a great example of how CPU and GPU technology continues to mature and usher in next-generation computing experiences, where voice, touch, gesture and facial recognition capabilities are common, everyday features.

 “The enhancements in the ATI Stream SDK v2.2 are especially important due to the support for OpenCL 1.1, which is integral to the forthcoming AMD Fusion family of APUs. These tools allow the developer community to take advantage of heterogeneous computing architectures both today and tomorrow.”

The new version is available for download today.