Notice the similarity between the Holodeck and the new Microsoft showroom?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 12, 2014

I couldn’t help but notice the similarity between this image of the new Microsoft showroom in Berlin and the Holodeck on Star Trek NG.


The new showroom is an elliptical, lounge-like space. A 360° projection turns the entire room into a presentation surface with the viewer immersed in the 3D content. A cluster of four machines are each equipped with an AMD FirePro W7000 graphic card.  Each card drives two HD projectors. Synchronization is controlled using the AMD FirePro S400 synchronization module.

Ventuz software was used to create the modular, interactive presentation content that gets projected.  Using a PC or a Surface tablet, the speaker can create his/her own rundown consisting of a welcome screen, an introduction animation, and one of many 3D worlds that serve as a backdrop. The actual presentation content can be fed into the Ventuz world via a USB stick and can range from images and movie clips to entire PowerPoint presentations.

SAPPHIRE AMD FirePro at ISE 2014 - display walls, multi-touch, Ventuz, SCALA, PowerCast

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 05, 2014

SAPPHIRE and AMD FirePro are presenting several solutions at ISE 2014 in Amsterdam (Hall 8, Booth K245).

The live demos at the show include:




What happens when a Rhino meets a wall? Simulation in Maya using AMD FirePro and Bullet Physics

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 04, 2014

This article on 3DTotal describes how the OpenCL Bullet Physics plug-in for Maya, MayaBullet, has exploded the potential for game developers and visual effects teams to design more realistic dynamic and kinematic simulations.

From the article:
Using rigid-body, soft-body and collision-detection libraries, the MayaBullet Physics plug-in allows you to create small to large-scale realistic simulations for films, games and visualisations. Taking advantage of OpenCL, the MayaBullet plug-in allows you to very quickly create, view and edit simulations in pretty much real-time (depending the scene complexity of course) right inside the Maya viewport.

The AMD FirePro does not simply enhance the Bullet experience, but also allows you to push Maya further in certain ways.

1)  It allows you to deal with heavier scene files, heavier models and more complex rigs. Therefore the animator can work with a model at a resolution that allows him to get a clearer idea of how the mesh will deform at render time.

2) By utilizing Viewport 2.0 and the DirectX 11 shader, you can truly get a better representation of your mesh with displacement maps, normal maps applied and more - all in the Maya viewport.

3) By taking advantage of the Alembic GPU Cache, you can bring a huge number of polygons (and by huge, we mean into the millions) into a scene and it still handles like a trooper.


Side by side comparison of AMD FirePro W5000 vs Nvidia Quadro K2000 in SpecViewPerf 12

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 31, 2014

In this video, AMD’s Allen Bourgoyne demonstrates the new SPECviewperf 12 benchmark for professional graphics in side by side evaluation comparing the AMD FirePro W5000 professional graphics card to an Nvidia Quadro K2000 card.

Importantly, this version of SPECviewperf measures productivity for your application workflow and is not just a synthetic benchmark score.

The AMD FirePro W5000 completes the test in less time than it takes the Nvidia Quadro K2000 card to finish.

Tags: Benchmarks

AMD FirePro booth live on the show floor at SolidWorks World 2104

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 30, 2014

A bunch of pics from the AMD FirePro booth at SolidWorks World 2014.

Booth overview with Wills Wing Hang Glider overhead

eDrawings with active 3D stereo support for collaboration

Creating immersive virtual scenes in 3DVIA

SolidWorks & CAMWorks in the Cloud


Interactive X-ray viewer for new Caterpillar excavator using AMD FirePro W9000 and Ventuz software

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 29, 2014

To give visitors an insight into the inner workings of the new Caterpillar Cat 336E Hybrid excavator, LK-AG developed a 4 meter high interactive X-ray viewer.  A user could touch the display to get information on any aspect of the excavator as they used their fingertips (and a custom kinetic rail system) to move the viewing wall to “x-ray” different parts of the excavator. 

AMD FirePro W9000 drove the six 1366X768 HD displays of the X-ray viewer.  Multi-touch touchfoil on glass technology was driven by Ventuz software with a custom converter for size and rotation.  Check out the video below. This is impressive.

Pics from AMD FirePro booth setup at SolidWorks World 2014

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 27, 2014

Pics from AMD FirePro booth at setup of SolidWorks World 2014




AMD FirePro R5000 remote graphics now certified for Autodesk, Bentley, Dassault, Siemens PLM

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 27, 2014

AMD FirePro R5000 remote graphics is AMD’s 2nd gen PCoIP based solution for remoting multi-monitor workstation computing experiences. It combines a workstation-class GPU that can drive up to six displays and a Teradici TERA2240 PCoIP host processor into a single-wide PCIe card. It is the only such stand-alone solution in the market.

The R5000 has been certified by the following CAD software vendors for compatibility and performance with the following applications:


  • AutoCAD 2014/2013/2012
  • Inventor 2014
  • Revit 2014/2013/2012


  • MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 3)

Dassault Systèmes

  • SOLIDWORKS 2014/2013/2012

Siemens PLM Software

  • NX 8.5/8.0
  • Teamcenter Visualization 8.01/8.0/2007
  • Tecnomatix 9.1.2
  • Solid Edge ST6

As mentioned above, the AMD R5000 is a single card with an integrated PCoIP processor from Teradici. This is in contrast to two-PCIe-slot, two card solutions such as a Nvidia Quadro K2000 plus a stand-alone Teradici APEX 2800 PCoIP hardware accelerator. single card with the integrated Teradici technology.

This video from VMWorld describes the Teradici technology in the R5000.

Hang glider at SolidWorks World 2014 - AMD FirePro in the Cloud

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 27, 2014

SolidWorks World 2014 begins with a custom hang glider over the AMD FirePro Booth #201. The Wills Wing hang glider was designed in SolidWorks for 3D mechanical, electrical and FEA simulation, as well as finite element analysis simulation using AMD FirePro W7000 cards


Demos and Presentations in Booth 201 at SolidWorks World 2014

  • Preview models and spot design flaws instantly with RealView and OIT
    Advanced visualization in SolidWorks using RealView and OIT (order independent transparency for rendering semi-transparent objects) enabled by AMD FirePro graphics.
  • SolidWorks & CAMWorks in the Cloud
    Cloud-based solutions for SolidWorks and CAMWorks powered by AMD FirePro R5000 certified remote graphics solution with reliable and secure PCoIP protocol via Teradici technology - all on a single graphics card
  • eDrawings with active 3D stereo support for collaboration
    High performing FirePro graphics optimizes active 3D stereo allowing departments without access to SolidWorks to collaborate on designs with the same sense of depth and realism within the designs
  • Consumer vs. professional cards
    Why use AMD FirePro w/ tested and certified drivers as opposed to consumer Radeon or GTX cards in SolidWorks? Greater performance and stability, RealView, OIT.
  • Creating immersive virtual scenes in 3DVIA
    Use 3DVIA with AMD FirePro advanced graphic + compute power and multi-display support for an immersive and fluid 3D experience.
  • Dell certified workstations w/ FirePro solutions
    Enable stable, reliable high performance in SolidWorks using AMD FirePro GPUs paired with certified Dell Precision server blades, towers, and mobile workstations.

Enter for a chance to win an AMD FirePro graphics card

Visit booth 201, complete a short survey and you are entered to win a high-end AMD FirePro professional graphics card.

Leonardo Da Vinci - themed 3D design competition - Win an AMD FirePro W series

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 24, 2014

Dassault Systèmes has launched a Da Vinci-themed 3D design competition that is intended to bring the machine concept drawings of Leonardo Davinci to virtual life.

Leonardo Da Vinci had a real passion for complex machine concepts. During his life back in the Italian Renaissance (1452 – 1519) he designed flying machines, helicopters (see image below), lens grinding machines, hydraulic machines and many advanced weapons (See examples). Many of these drawings are collected in a series of manuscripts (Codex or Codici in Italian).

The 'From Codex to 3D Design' competition is intended to bring these strange machine design to virtual life and simulate their behavior! Contest begins now and ends April 18, 2014.

  • Choose one codex among those provided in the community by Scala Publishers. Most of those codex are rarely found on internet and make the participation even more challenging!
  • Design in 3D the machine based on the codex they chose. Depending on the clarity of the codex and the complexity of the machine, some interpretation will sometimes be required!
  • Post your creation and tag it "DaVinci3D", along with a description of the machine. Additional information, visuals can only enrich the submission.

Prizes include: HP ZBook 14 with AMD FirePro M graphics, AMD FirePro W7000 and AMD FirePro W5000.


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