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AMD OpenCL(TM) APP SDK 2.6 and AMD Catalyst(TM) Developer Driver Available for Download

SUNNYVALE, CA, Jan 11, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --AMD (NYSE: AMD) released new versions of the AMD APP SDK and AMD Catalyst(TM) developer drivers which include many new features, including several capabilities of the recently published OpenCL(TM) 1.2 specification. The new features provide developers with significant coding productivity enhancements, making it much easier to write OpenCL using C++. In addition, the new features deliver run-time performance enhancements. For more details on the AMD APP SDK 2.6 and AMD Catalyst developer drivers see the related AMD Developer blog post.

"AMD is focusing on OpenCL to enable developers to more easily harness the power of heterogeneous computing," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, AMD Fusion Experience Program. "The latest SDK and developer drivers release enhances developer productivity by introducing new features like the C++ wrapper API and Static C++ kernel language support."

AMD is driving industry support for OpenCL with developers and technology companies around the world, contributing to the establishment of OpenCL as a top tool for developers. Consumers will continue to see more software applications coming to market that are optimized on OpenCL. The new applications will leverage the full processing capabilities of the CPU and GPU, which enable faster run-times, longer battery life and smoother playback in their favorite software applications when running in a broad range of notebook, desktop and all-in-one PCs based on VISION Technology from AMD.

Key features supported in SDK 2.6 and AMD Catalyst 11.12 driver:

--  Inclusion of the Khronos C++ Wrapper API
--  OpenCL runtime integration into Linux in addition to Windows(R)
    Catalyst drivers
--  Multi GPU support on Linux platforms
--  Support for AVX extensions for CPUs that support this extension
--  Support for FMA4 extensions in OpenCL built-in function libraries for
    CPUs that support this extension

Additional preview capabilities provided with the Developer Driver:

--  Static C++ kernel language
--  OpenCL(TM) 1.2 preview capabilities:
    --  Host access flags for memory objects enable more efficient buffer
    --  Pattern-based GPU buffer and image initialization eliminates need
        for certain buffer/image transfers
    --  Memory objects migration supports transfer of buffer prior to need
    --  New generalized image creation API
    --  Enhanced image/buffer map operations


--  Download the latest AMD APP SDK and AMD Catalyst Developer Drivers
--  View AMD APP Showcase
--  Visit AMD Developer Central
--  Follow news from the AMD team on Twitter at @AMD_Unprocessed or

About AMD

AMD (NYSE: 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 to supercomputers. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Catalyst, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. OpenCL and the OpenCL logo are trademarks of Apple, Inc. used by permission by Khronos.

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SOURCE: Advanced Micro Devices