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Catalyst 10.10 Drivers Introduce Support for the AMD HD3D Technology

October 24th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Other S3D Tech

AMD is again talking about stereo 3D support after the announcement of the new Radeon HD 6000 series and the release of the new Catalyst 10.10 video drivers, but they are still giving us just some tiny bits of information, so we can’t yet get the whole picture. I mean that the more tiny bits of information they give use, the more questions they raise, instead of answering them…

Lets get back a bit in time, here is a part of the Release Notes from the Catalyst 10.3 drivers talking about the stereo 3D support regarding the Radeon HD 5000 series. Of course that announcement was there, but nothing was happening other than some products being demonstrated that were based on the technology in some tech shows. They were demonstrated, but yet again no information was available…

Now, a few months later in the just made available Catalyst 10.10 drivers and more specifically in their Release Notes we again have something similar. This time it is the announcement of support for the AMD HD3D Technology that was a part of the announcement of the new 6000-series of GPUs. And yet again we are really short on information, although we now have some announcements for S3D supported products that are becoming available or will soon be on the market.

It seems that AMD loves to be “open” on initiatives, but not open on information about them. Their main partners, namely the companies iZ3D and DDD who are responsible for providing the software that is supposed to provide the auto-conversion of the 3D games to stereoscopic 3D format are also quite short on details. Both iZ3D and DDD are providing some automated checkers if you have a compatible system, with DDD saying that Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series of GPUs are the only supporting the AMD HD3D technology as well as making some promotions to get the software they offer.

It is interesting to note that DDD has released a new version of their TriDef 3D software finally adding support for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 games, as well as support for AMD HD3D technology for 5000/6000 series of GPUs. Checking out the new DDD TriDef Igntion reveals that there is now support for HDMI 1.4a for 3D HDTVs as well as HP’s Envy 17 3D laptop, but nothing more for a generic 120Hz LCD monitor for example. So if you have an ATI/AMD GPU and a 3D-capable HDTV you may download and try the HDMI 1.4a mode thanks ot the fact that DDD offers 14-day trial for their TriDef Ignition software and you are also welcome to report your findings here.

iZ3D also has finally released an updated official version 1.12 of their driver with official support for 120Hz 3D Devices. iZ3D also reveals some interesting facts about the support of their driver for the recently announced Viewsonic V3D241wm-LED 3D Display, like for example that the driver will also work with Radeon HD 4000 series of GPUs as well as Nvidia video cards. The iZ3D Driver now has a single generic 120Hz mode that is probably supposed to be used with 120Hz LCD monitors like the one from Viewsonic, but nothing for HDMI 1.4a output for example. And the now so good news for the people that probably had some hopes for getting some sort of support for their 3D-capable HDMs are left out with nothing, even the previously somewhat working support using the generic shutter modes is now gone…

Still we are left out without a lot of information, for example regarding the HDMI 1.4a support that will ensure compatibility with the new wave of stereoscopic 3D-capable HDTVs, and what about the support for the older 3D DLP HDTVs. Will we be able to use older cards, before the newest 6000-series that do have HDMI 1.4a hardware, like for example 4000 or 5000 series that do have older HDMI hardware, but that is actually not something that may stop you from implementing support for the HDMI 1.4(a) frame packing format for stereo 3D content, however did AMD do it or not? Then again the very important question for the current owners of 3D Vision-capable 120Hz 3D LCD monitors – will they be able to use their monitors with an AMD video card and a pair of shutter glasses if they just get the glasses and the video card? I do hope to soon be able to get my hands on some of the first 3D-capable products based on the new AMD S3D technology in order to be able to find out all the details I need and am sure a lot of you also want to know, but the bigger question here is why we aren’t getting this information officially form AMD? I mean if you are the leader on the market and have no competition you can do pretty much whatever you want, keeping the customers in the dark, but if you have to offer a better and more open solution to convert existing S3D enthusiasts and attract new users you have not only to offer a better solution, but also to have all the answers to the most important questions users will ask immediately…

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ATI Has Announced Its Open Stereo 3D Initiative at GDC 2010

March 11th, 2010 · 15 Comments · General 3D News

More interesting news coming from GDC 2010 in San Francisco, this time from ATI announcing their Open Stereo 3D Initiative in trying to work with more partners to ensure support for multiple different stereoscopic 3D solutions (learning that thanks to MTBS3D, not from ATI!). The idea of the open initiative is to offer consumers additional choices when selecting an S3D solution, more innovations and of course help in lowering the costs for the hardware and software making it easier for wider adoption. ATI (AMD) and its partners will supposedly soon announce a lineup of 3D products, including a 3D-enabled ATI Eyefinity technology (to counter Nvidia’s 3D Vision Surround), 120Hz 3D-ready displays and notebooks, active shutter glasses and passive polarized ones (have you heard of passive shutter glasses!?), S3D support for DirectX 9, 10 and 11, Quad Buffered OpenGL, Blu-ray 3D support. As you can see from the presentation slide above the 3D-gaming middleware partners are DDD and iZ3D, and for Blu-ray 3D support ArcSoft and CyberLink. ATI is also going to try to work on establishing standards that will help in having compatibility and much wider choices when building your computer and stereo 3D setup if they are adopted by others. The only thing that still remains to be seen is how soon we are going to see actual products on the market as ATI has been talking about S3D support for quite some time, but still no dates when to expect it are available… although we have multiple hints about summer availability. But being so open I still don’t see ATI joining the S-3D Gaming Alliance like two of their major partners that will make stereo 3D gaming possible on ATI GPUs (iZ3D and DDD) or any other association that is trying to openly promote stereoscopic 3D technologies?! But for that matter Nvidia is also not a member of S3DGA or any other similar independent organizations, as far as I know…

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