As a follow-up to my previous post about the AMD Vision technology (and the challenge I’m gleefully taking part in), I will give you some more information on the technology, this will appeal to techies and non-techies alike (I fall under the latter category). Going through these great features will also give you a better idea about AMD’s Vision. After you have read this, you will be able to test your knowledge with a relatively simple 3-question quiz at the following link: (After you click on vote!).
What will you get out of this? Well, as you might be aware I am collecting votes for this challenge, and the competitor with the highest number of votes (completed quizzes) under his belt from his followers and online entourage so to speak will win a trip to Austin, Texas (There are 5 challengers vying for this prize). You as a participant in this quiz/voting you will enter a draw to be one of lucky recipients of the brand new DiRT3 game (Full version, totally for free). You may vote here: http://visionchallenge.votigo.com/ara/contests/showentry/816898
Here you go ladies and gents:
Who is AMD?
AMD designs microchips found in desktop and notebook PCs and popular game consoles like Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Our technology is the heart and soul of your PC experience and enables you to watch a movie, video chat with out-of-town friends and family, or draft a presentation for work. AMD processors and graphics cards are found in computers from companies including HP, Dell and Acer to power your experience.
What is VISION Technology from AMD?
VISION makes you more you. With VISION Technology from AMD featuring the new A–Series APU, you can enjoy smooth, streaming movies in stunning HD. Video chat with far-away family and friends or watch the game-winning goal in crystal-clear 1080p. Edit images and videos like a pro. Discover a fire-breathing, lifelike world of gaming. VISION Technology gives you the power to do what you love and be more you in Brilliant HD.
VISION Technology is AMD’s PC platform technology. It enables users to enjoy smooth HD video playback, edit HD photos and videos with blazing speed, experience the thrill of mega-multitasking, and escape into the world of casual gaming with lifelike characters and ultra-realistic effects. All of this and more in an energy-efficient notebook or desktop.
Brilliant HD Performance
- Gorgeous HD entertainment and ultra-realistic 3D gaming
- Ultimate multitasking with quad-core power, up to 400 Radeon™ cores and dual graphics capability
- Supreme performance, battery life and energy efficiency
Brilliant HD Entertainment
- Mega-multitasking and video editing with quad-core power and up to and 320 Radeon™ cores
- Transform any room into a hub of HD entertainment
- An amazing HD experience with impressive energy efficiency
Brilliant HD Everyday
- Take your photos to crisp, clear, exhilarating new HD heights
- Edit HD photos with blazing speed
- Rich, smooth performance in a quiet-running, energy-efficient system
- Enjoy smooth, skip-free HD playback
- Discover impressive speed and performance in everyday applications
- Energy efficiency without compromising power and performance
ACCELERATED PROCESSING UNIT (APU)
APUs: the power and beauty that drives VISION Technology from AMD.
AMD has always been at the forefront of innovation. But our newest technology is designed to completely shift the computing paradigm.
Why the flow of information needed an innovative solution.
Information inside a computer flows between two critical areas: the GPU (for creative and visual tasks) and the CPU (for analytical and logic-based functions). Traditional PCs have separate CPUs and GPUs which leads to a communication bottleneck. This often results in extensive slowdowns for consumers.
Introducing the innovative AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU):
Powerful AMD processor technology and discrete-class, DirectX® 11–capable graphics combined on a single chip. It’s the perfect combination of beauty and brawn—delivering smooth HD video, powerful multitasking and energy efficiency.
AMD’s new APU features up to 4 x86 cores combined with up to 400 Radeon™ graphics cores in a single microchip.
Learn more about APUs at http://www.amd.com/vision
Definitions of AMD Technology
Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) — AMD’s CPU and discrete-level GPU on a single power-efficient chip.
AMD AllDay™ Power — CPU speed-throttling and power-saving technologies that help reduce heat and noise in AMD technology-based notebook PCs.
AMD HD3D Technology — Supported by an advanced and open ecosystem that, in conjunction with specific AMD hardware and software technologies, enables 3D display capabilities for many PC applications and experiences.1
Central Processing Unit (CPU) — A microchip that acts as the computer’s “brain,” executing instructions sequentially as if following a recipe for making a cake. AMD Athlon™ and AMD Phenom™ processors are examples of AMD CPUs.
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) — A specialized microprocessor that offloads and accelerates graphics rendering from the central microprocessor. It is used in PCs, game consoles, mobile phones and more.
AMD VISION Engine — The foundation of VISION Technology from AMD that enables vivid HD entertainment, blazing-fast Internet browsing and accelerated media applications.
Additional hardware (e.g. Blu-ray drive, HD or 10-bit monitor, TV tuner, HDMI connector, 3D enabled panels, 3D-enabled glasses/emitter, Blu-ray 3D drive) and/or software (e.g. multimedia applications, 3D content, 3D middleware, games) are required for the full enablement of some features. HD video display requires an HD video source. Not all features may be supported on all components or systems – check with your component or system manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies.
1AMD HD3D is a technology designed to enable stereoscopic 3D support in games, movies and/or photos. Additional hardware (e.g. 3D enabled panels, 3D-enabled glasses/emitter, Blu-ray 3D drive) and/or software (e.g. Blu-ray 3D discs, 3D middleware, games) are required for the enablement of stereoscopic 3D. Not all features may be supported on all components or systems – check with your component or system manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies.
Once you’ve finished your reading, you may take the quiz here: http://visionchallenge.votigo.com/ara/contests/showentry/816898. Remember, you can get yourself a free copy of the DiRT3 game just by taking part of the quiz! (And answering the questions correctly =)). All the best!