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ATI Catalyst™ Software Q4 2009 newslette r The ATI Catalyst™ Software quarterly newsletter is designed

ATI Catalyst™ Software Q4 2009 newsletter

The ATI Catalyst™ Software quarterly newsletter is designed to inform you about significant software features that have been released in the past quarter and about significant upcoming software features and

This newsletter also includes a

selection of the latest press quotes, and

other important highlights


ATI Catalyst™ – the ultimate software solution:

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ATI Catalyst™ Software features released in Q4 2009:

GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe® Flash Player 10.1 Beta

The ATI Radeon™ HD 5000, ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 and ATI Radeon™ HD 3100 Series supports hardware acceleration features of the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta for video encoded in the H.264 format

GPU acceleration helps deliver smooth video playback, reduce system resource utilization and preserve battery life ATI Catalyst™ Control Center enhancements

Switch between extended desktop and duplicate desktop modes in a single step

Welcome screen real-time content updates - ensures users are aware of the latest AMD promotions and products

New video preview option to better understand the benefits of enabling AMD video features OpenGL enhancements

Double precision support

OpenGL 3.2 extension support

DirectCompute 10.1 support

DirectCompute 10.1 is a subset of the features found in DirectCompute 11

Supported on the ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 series, ATI Radeon™ HD 4700 series, and ATI CrossFireX™ technology supported variants

ATI Catalyst support for the OpenCL™ GPU component of the ATI Stream SDK v2.0

Provides full support for GPU acceleration of OpenCL™ when used in conjunction with the ATI Stream SDK v2.0 Video enhancements

High quality downscaling when transcoding video content from high quality content (1920x1080i @60 Hz) to low resolution content (320x240p @ 30Hz)

GPU acceleration of the Window 7 “Drag and Drop” video converter Linux enhancements

New Operating System support: SLED and SLES 10 SP3, Ubuntu 9.10, RHEL 5.4. openSUSE 11.2 (early look support), RedFlag DT6.0 SP3

ATI Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition – Display enhancements; Projector support , new CRT/VGA settings, TV settings, Component Video Overscan / Underscan controls Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing support for the ATI Radeon™ HD 5900, HD 5800 and HD 5700 Series

Highest level quality of Anti-Aliasing possible

Uses a high number of samples to reduce shimmering in textures and shading as well as smooth out polygon edges

Upcoming ATI Catalystsoftware features

ATI Catalystapplication profiles – delivering support for new games using ATI CrossFireX™ technology configurations sooner

ATI CrossFireX™ technology application profiles are being removed from the 3D driver component to a separate .XML file to enable quick updates on

ATI Catalyst™ packages will continue to install the reference and fully qualified ATI CrossFireX profile by default (which come from the same driver release used for the ATI Catalyst package)

The new ATI CrossFireX application profile list (posted as a separate file downloadable file on is created from the current mainline driver (approximately 2 driver releases ahead of the driver being used for the current ATI Catalyst driver)

o Provides enthusiast users with access to the very latest ATI CrossFireX profiles

o The separate ATI CrossFireX profile is considered beta will not be supported by AMD’s customer support team ATI CrossFireX™ configurations featuring ATI Power Play™ technology for the ATI Radeon™ HD 5900, HD 5800 and HD 5700 Series

Delivers significant power savings by setting the secondary GPU(s) engine and memory clocks to very low levels when GPU(s) are not in use

ATI Catalyst™ Software Suite in the news:

ATI Catalyst™ Software Suite in the news: “YouTube CPU

“YouTube CPU usage on the Prince of Persia trailer drops 31%, Hulu's Legend of the Seeker drops CPU use 20% while nearly doubling the frame rate (i.e. from dropping half the frames to showing everything), and

480p Hulu drops CPU usage 10% with frame rates almost tripling (from ~13 FPS to over 30 FPS for what appears

to be 30 FPS video content).

platform, if you have an ATI card and a moderate CPU it

appears that Flash 10.1 is a clear win.”

Unlike the Intel

Upcoming ATI Catalystsoftware features

AMD Dual graphics support

AMD platforms featuring the RS880 and either of the “Cedar” or “Park” GPU will use both integrated and discrete GPUs together to accelerate DirectX 10/10.1 applications for a significant performance boost Sterepscopic 3D support

The Direct3D driver will be updated to support 3 rd party vendors such as IZ3D to enable 3D glasses using 120 Hz displays

USB support for Bit Cauldron’s 3D goggles Eyefinity enhancements – Bezel support

Easy-to-use wizard shows users how to adjust their display layout to remove the pixels occupied by their display bezels for a more immersive gaming experience Mutlimedia updates

Increased GPU acceleration of the Windows 7 “Drag and Drop” video converter

Display Port audio for DisplayPort panels

ATI Catalyst Control Center update - ATI Video converter support in the “Advanced View” ATI Catalyst™ software for ATI Mobility Radeon™ GPUs

Laptops* featuring ATI Radeon™ graphics will be able to install monthly ATI Catalyst software suite releases on systems using Windows Vista and Windows 7

* requires notebook vendor approval to install on laptop

Linux enhancements

2D performance enhancements

New OS support: Ubuntu 9.10, OpenSUSE 11.2 ws_7_driver_analysis/index9.html “We do have to give some


“We do have to give some big props to the driver team for creating a wonderful HD 5970 driver. You can know that if you have a HD 5970 or if you're lucky enough to have two, you will see some simply fantastic performance from the setup.”

see some simply fantastic performance from the setup.” “In the Catalyst

“In the Catalyst Control Center, one can enable and modify the values for a host of color enhancements and post-processing effects, and GPU-accelerated Flash videos will be modified in real time. In fact, AMD has a split-screen preview mode to show how the video output is being modified. This is beyond nifty.