Leading up to SolidWorks World 2011, we posted a series of blog entries spotlighting some of our SolidWorks Solution Partners. A lot of you told me that you found these interesting, so we're trying to post more of them as we can. Today, we have a feature on a partner many of you probably know–AMD.
If you're not familiar with them, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is a manufacturer and developer of processor technology, with products that include CPUs and graphics hardware. Some of their most popular products for SolidWorks customers include the ATI FirePro workstation graphics accelerators and the Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors.
Antoine Reymond, Sr. Strategic Alliances Manager at AMD, was nice enough to respond to a few questions for us.
1. Tell us a little bit about AMD.
AMD is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD’s server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD’s superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs, workstations, to supercomputers.
2. What part of the business do you focus on?
My particular group at AMD is focused on promoting professional graphics solutions for a wide range of customers including computer aided design, computer aided engineering, digital content creation, digital signage and much more.
3. Why would SolidWorks customers be interested in AMD products?
AMD FirePro professional graphics offer break-through capabilities that can help maximize productivity and help lower cost and complexity – giving you the edge you need in your business. AMD FirePro graphics cards feature AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology which increases desktop productivity and simplifies visualization solutions by expanding your visual real estate up to 6 displays with a single graphics card – an industry first. And AMD FirePro graphics cards provide support for the latest industry standards including OpenGL 4.1, OpenCL 1.1 and DirectX 11 – enabling you to take full advantage of their rich features.
4. What makes AMD different from the competition?
Although AMD’s professional graphics solutions have the same underlying technical architecture as the consumer solutions, AMD takes extra steps to produce the Professional Graphics line to meet customers’ needs. For example, AMD FirePro cards are supported by finely tuned drivers that are tested and optimized for professional applications. These cards are tested and certified by both software developers and hardware manufacturers. These cards are also backed by a dedicated, trained technical support team available 24 hours a day.
5. How can customers reach you or learn more about your product?