Sapphire FirePro V5700 & V3700 Workstation Cards

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Sapphire introduces two new professional graphics accelerators – ATI FirePro™ V5700 and ATI FirePro™ V3700.ATI FirePro V5700 also features 512MB of frame buffer memory, dual link DVI and Display Port connections while ATI FirePro™ V3700 graphics accelerator features 256 MB of frame buffer memory, two dual-link DVI connectors and VGA mode support on all display outlets. The new ATI FirePro V3700 is generally available, and the ATI FirePro V5700 is expected to begin shipping in September 2008.

FirePro V3700 Sapphire FirePro V5700 & V3700 Workstation Cards

FirePRO V5700 Sapphire FirePro V5700 & V3700 Workstation Cards

Sapphire Technology today raised the bar for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and
Digital Content Creation (DCC) application performance with the announcement of
two new professional graphics accelerators – ATI FirePro™ V5700 and ATI FirePro™
V3700. As a part of that announcement, AMD also introduced a new brand for the
company’s professional graphics accelerators, ATI FirePro™, reflecting AMD’s
continuing and evolving commitment to the professional graphics market.

“Following the ATI acquisition, AMD increased its investment in the
professional graphics business and now delivers professional graphics
accelerators that perform better than the competition at every price point. The
new ATI FirePro brand communicates this focus on performance and features that
matter to engineers and designers”, said Janet Matsuda, senior director, AMD
Professional Graphics. “ATI has been known for delivering value-priced solutions
for CAD and DCC professionals. The product reviews over the past year have
validated the fact that ATI offers outstanding application performance as well.”

According to the Worldwide CAD Market Report 2007-08 published by Jon Peddie
Research, in 2007 the installed base of CAD users grew to 5.31 million worldwide
– a 20 percent increase from 2006. The firm’s analysts also predict the CAD
market will continue growth through 2008, with revenues projected to grow 15
percent to $ 6,025.37 million and reach $ 8.1 billion by 2012.

“Historically, 3D technologies were expensive and used only by senior
designers within a large manufacturer or architectural firm. As technologies
advanced and prices dropped, 3D graphics for entry level CAD designers was no
longer a pipe dream but a necessity,” said Jon Peddie, president and founder of
Jon Peddie Research. “Today’s entry- and mid-level CAD users need to create and
render more complex designs and models, and graphics accelerators from AMD can
deliver the performance and reliability professionals need at a price where 3D
becomes the rule, not the exception.”

Empowering Users with Features that Matter

The ATI FirePro™ V5700 graphics accelerator delivers the perfect balance of
price and application performance for CAD and DCC professionals. With the new
card, users will experience increased performance for shader-intensive
applications, up to two times more than the previous generation. ATI FirePro
V5700 also features 512MB of frame buffer memory, dual link DVI and Display Port
connections, and its true 30-bit display engine produces more than one billion
colors at any given time−empowering designers to see more of their data.
Unified Video Decoder 2.0 provides full Blu-ray feature support including
dual-stream and picture in a picture (PIP) capabilities, and handles decoding of
various formats in the graphics processing unit (GPU), which helps free up the
CPU to handle other tasks.

The ATI FirePro™ V3700 establishes a new, low entry price for professional 3D
graphics. For CAD professionals migrating from 2D, the ATI FirePro™ V3700
delivers the 3D performance and application certification professionals. The ATI
FirePro™ V3700 graphics accelerator features 256 MB of frame buffer memory, two
dual-link DVI connectors and VGA mode support on all display outlets.

Best In Class Features Across Products

The ATI FirePro™ V3700 and V5700 cards deliver the industry standard support
and features important to today’s CAD and DCC users, including Microsoft®
DirectX® 10.1 and OpenGL 2.0 support, PCI Express® 2.0 interface and Shader
Model 4.1.

“Our customers need high performance graphics hardware that is stable, reliable
and compatible with eyeon Fusion and eyeon Generation to foster increased
collaboration while enabling more complex work,” said Steve Roberts, Chief
Executive Office, at eyeon Software Inc. “Based on our experiences with AMD, we
are confident that ATI FirePro™ 3700 and 5700 can be utilized in unique
clustering configurations to meet the specific needs of our visual effects
customers and certainly those of the film industry overall. The recent
enhancements to ATI’s FirePro series are consistent with the company’s superior
customer service.
At Siggraph 2008, August 12-14, AMD will showcase ATI FirePro™ professional
graphics accelerators in Booth 327 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in
California.

Additionally, the first comprehensive review of the ATI FirePro™ V5700,
conducted by 3D professor, is available online at
http://www.3dprofessor.org

Availability
The new ATI FirePro V3700 is generally available, and the ATI FirePro V5700 is
expected to begin shipping in September 2008.

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