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The Meaning Behind the AMD HD3D Technology Gold and Silver Logos

February 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Similar to other AMD products the AMD HD3D Technology apparently also got Gold and Silver logos that are meant to show the level of experience that you should get with products certified to work with AMD’s stereoscopic 3D technology. The difference between the gold and silver is actually quite simple, with AMD uses the Gold AMD HD3D Technology logo for products that have been tested by AMD and the Silver logos for products tested by their partners to meet AMD’s standards. So in short you should be looking for the Gold logo, here is how AMD describes the difference:

The AMD Gold logo depicts products tested by AMD to provide the best possible experience while using AMD technologies like Eyefinity, HD3D and CrossfireX.

The AMD Silver Logo showcases products, tested by our partners to AMD standards, that enhance the user experience when using AMD technologies like Eyefinity, HD3D and CrossfireX.

Here is the list of recommended 3D displays by AMD, the ones that have been tested by AMD and have received the Gold certification from the company. And here you can download a PDF file with the additional compatible displays, the ones that should be compatible and got the Silver logo (apparently not directly tested by AMD). If you are looking for an active 3D display that has the Gold certification you’ll be pretty limited to the Samsung SA 750/950 models and the only other option is the Viewsonic V3D241WM–LED that is with the Silver logo. The interesting thing here is that only one 3D-capable projector made the Gold certification and that is Optoma GT720 and among 3D HDTVs only Samsung’s TA750 series made it and these are 3D-capable monitors with a built-in TV tuner limited to HDMI 1.4 input. On another page on AMD’s website I’ve also noticed the Sony HMZ-T1 Head Mounted Display listed as a recommended 3D display, but that page did not include any information about Gold/Silver certification. The list of Silver logo products that you can find in the PDF linked above is more extensive of course…

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Interview with AMD About Stereoscopic 3D Gaming at CES 2012

January 23rd, 2012 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

Neil Schneider from MTBS interviews Roger Quero, Senior Technical Marketing Manager of Displays for AMD. In this stereoscopic 3D video interview Roger Quero talks about the new Radeon HD7970 GPU with the updated higher bandwidth HDMI, multi-monitor Eyefinity 3D setups, Crossfire in stereo 3D mode. And apparently AMD has been demonstrating these new features during CES 2012, however the company still hasn’t released an official driver for the new Radeon HD 7970 GPUs and now the first cards based on the slightly slower Radeon HD 7950 are around the corner. So if you want to be able to take advantage of all the new stereoscopic 3D features so of which will be supported also on older generation Radeon HD-based video cards, you should wait a bit more for the drivers that will be able to provide you with these.

You can visit MTBS’ website for more stereo 3D video coverage from CES 2012…

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AMD Improves the Fusion APUs, adds HDMI 1.4a Stereo 3D Support

August 23rd, 2011 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

AMD has updated its lower power consumption Fusion C-Series and E-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), or with other words chips that have both the CPU and GPU on the same silicon. The new chips should be offering enhanced HD graphics capabilities and performance boost with enhanced memory thanks to the support of DDR3 1333MHz memory according to AMD. They should also bring DisplayPort support as well as improved battery life when used in mobile devices, providing up to 12 hours of usage on a single battery charge for the C-Series APU and up to 10.5 hours for the E-Series.

But the most interesting new features in the updated AMD Fusion C-Series and E-Series APUs is the addition of HDMI 1.4a interface that also means these will be able to also support stereoscopic 3D output to compatible display devices. Of course considering that these chips do not have that much graphical performance you can forget about being able to play games in stereo 3D mode, however watching 3D videos and 3D movies as well as going over 3D photos should not be a problem for them. And thanks to their low power consumption they can turn out to be a great choice for a small and silent, but powerful enough stereo 3D-capable multimedia system, no matter if it is in the form of a netbook, notebook or a small form factor PC.

You can say that AMD is quickly catching up to Intel with their Fusion platform, by offering better graphical features and performance as compared to what the latest generation of Intel integrated GPUs can offer. And although Intel’s mobile platforms may still be ahead in terms of CPU performance and features, AMD is getting ahead with a better GPU support, so this way they are compensating the difference and nowadays the GPU becomes more and more important. Just as a reminder, the latest generation of Intel integrated graphics in the Sandy Bridge platform also does have support for HDMI 1.4 output, but also offering performance capable for only 3D photo and 3D video. But even the least powerful Sandy Bridge-based mobile processors are not as power efficient as what some of AMD’s Fusion APUs can offer you and that is very important thing when you are in a need of not so powerful, but more energy efficient solution.

And all this talk about AMD’s APUs reminds me to ask if any one of you is actually using a Fusion-based device of any kind at the moment or at least has considered in getting such for whatever purpose?

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