IBC: AMD announces SDI solution
September 10, 2011

IBC: AMD announces SDI solution

AMSTERDAM — At IBC, AMD (www.amd.com) is unveiling the FirePro SDI-Link, which helps bring realtime, GPU-accelerated performance to post pipelines requiring Serial Digital Interface (SDI) input and output. 

The FirePro SDI-Link is already receiving support for manufacturers such as AJA, Bluefish444, Blackmagic Design, Deltacast, DVS and Matrox, as it allows for the design of fully featured SDI- and GPU-based solutions with ultra-low-latency between select AMD pro graphics cards and third party SDI input/output products. 

AMD is also showing the FirePro V7900 SDI (pictured), a new graphics card that is the first to support AMD FirePro SDI-Link. The V7900 SDI will be certified as compatible with all five manufacturers providing PCIe cards offering advanced SDI video signal I/O capabilities. The V7900 SDI is designed specifically to address realtime professional video and broadcast graphics pipelines while delivering leading GPU performance found in other offerings in AMD’s FirePro line up. 

The unit is the first to leverage AMD’s DirectGMA technology to help ensure system-level, low-latency synchronized data transfer between the AMD FirePro professional graphics and 3rd-party devices over the PCIe bus. AMD plans to deliver the FirePro V7900 SDI in October for $2499.