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AMD Multiprocessing Platforms Validated for Mental Ray Rendering Software

(December 21, 2001)
AMD today announced that mental images GmbH & Co. KG has validated and certified the AMD Athlon MP processor for its software.

Mental images' customers include major original software developers as well as select key industrial end-users. Mental ray users include most of the leading visual effects and digital film studios, game development companies, and companies in the automotive and aerospace industries.

Starting with mental ray version 3.0, mental images will support software designed with this rendering technology in AMD Athlon MP processor-based workstation and server platforms. AMD provided AMD Athlon MP processor-based systems to mental images' development and quality assurance teams to help ensure reliability, compatibility and stability.

"AMD and mental images worked hand-in-hand to test, evaluate and provide leading visual computing solutions that enhance the performance and productivity for segments such as Digital Content Creation (DCC) and CAD/CAM markets," said Tom-Michael Thamm, director Product Development of mental images. "We are pleased with this new effort as it will help ensure that both users and software vendors receive a positive customer experience and to ensure that applications built using mental ray technology run smoothly and reliably on AMD processor-based computers around the world."

"This validation by mental images further establishes AMD's presence in the DCC and CAD/CAM markets," said Richard Heye, vice president of Platform Engineering & Infrastructure for AMD's Computation Products Group. "The photorealistic mental ray rendering software and the high-performance AMD Athlon MP processor offer the stability, reliability and performance that creative professionals demand."

Based on the state-of-the-art AMD Athlon MP processor, AMD's multiprocessing platform supports Double Data Rate (DDR) memory technology and incorporates AMD's latest innovation, Smart MP technology. Smart MP technology enables the combined power of the processor and chipset to deliver better overall performance on widely available, x86-based, dual-processor platforms.

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