Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:22
â€‹New technology collaborations pave way for production monitors featuring AMDâ€™s licensing-free solution to stuttering and tearing in PC games
SUNNYVALE, Calif. 9/18/2014
â€‹Today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced collaborations with scaler vendors MStar, Novatek and Realtek to build scaler units ready with DisplayPortâ„˘ Adaptive-Sync and AMDâ€™s Project FreeSync by year end.1
â€śSince the dawn of hardware-accelerated graphics, gamers dreamed of liquid smooth gameplay free of stuttering and tearing,â€ť said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. â€śAMDâ€™s Project FreeSync is aimed at realizing that vision with an open, standardized and license-free approach that will encourage lower prices and wider adoption.â€ť
Under the technology partnerships, MStar, Novatek and Realtek each will develop a range of DisplayPortâ„˘ Adaptive-Sync-ready scalers to complement the new monitor product cycle in 1Q15. Monitors equipped with such DisplayPortâ„˘ Adaptive-Sync-aware scalers will allow contemporary AMD Radeonâ„˘ graphics cards to synchronize display refresh rates and GPU framerates via Project FreeSync to enable tearing and stutter-free gaming along with low input latency.
"Our customers are really excited about AMDâ€™s FreeSync technology,â€ť said Yee-Wei Huang, vice president, Realtek. â€śThe benefits of FreeSync for gaming are clear and we believe adopting the DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync industry standard by VESA is the best approach to make this display technology widely available for everyone.â€ť
The new scalers from MStar, Novatek and Realtek also will give monitor vendors access to a comprehensive set of features not available with other dynamic refresh technologies. Example features include: picture scaling, on-screen display (OSD), HDMIÂ®/DVI inputs for legacy users and DisplayPortâ„˘ High Bit Rate Audio.
â€śProject FreeSync is the industryâ€™s defining effort to bring smooth gameplay to PC enthusiasts,â€ť said Richard Hung, director, iHome SBU â€“ SC, Novatek. â€śIn putting forward the open DisplayPortâ„˘ Adaptive-Sync proposal for ratification, AMD has smartly led the way for Novatek scalers to power a new wave of monitors that affordably offer dynamic refresh rates.â€ť
Finally, the initial Project FreeSync-compatible scalers from MStar, Novatek and Realtek will empower monitor vendors with robust DisplayPortâ„˘ receivers accommodating of FHD and QHD panels up to 144Hz, or UHD panels up to 60Hz.
â€śWith an open, industry-standard specification, Project FreeSync and DisplayPortâ„˘ Adaptive-Sync serve as models for consumer-friendly technologies,â€ť said Henry Lan, marketing deputy director, Display Group, MStar. â€śMStar is pleased to join AMDâ€™sProject FreeSync ecosystem with scalers that will bring smooth gameplay to a new generation of displays.â€ť
AMD and its display partners intend to reveal Project FreeSync-ready monitors based on any one of the MStar, Novatek and Realtek scalers through a media review program in 1Q15.
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