ATI Radeon HD 4800 GPUs Complement Snow Leopard With OpenCL

This is more AMD bragging than anything else, but with all the questions arising over Snow Leopard incompatibilities, it's great to hear some news regarding--well--compatibilities. Alongside the outfit's new Opteron EE CPU, it's also proclaiming that its ATI Radeon HD 4800 series graphics devices are fully compatible with OS X 10.6

In fact, AMD asserts that these cards--which are found in select iMac and Mac Pro configurations--complements Snow Leopard's fully compliant OpenCL Version 1.0 implementation. In case you weren't aware, OpenCL is a key enabler of ATI Stream technology, which allows developers to create "highly efficient applications balanced across CPU and GPU resources for superior performance running on Snow Leopard systems." Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group, said the following:

"Software developers can better serve end-users through open standards and OpenCL, a major component of Snow Leopard, that enables AMD's ATI Stream technology to accelerate mainstream applications through the processing the power of a GPU. Whether you're enjoying HD multimedia content or playing the newest games, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 and ATI Radeon HD 4850 in the latest Mac Pro and iMac help ATI Stream-enabled applications run faster."

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics are available in the latest Mac Pro, while the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics power the latest iMac. Designed as high-performance parts for the ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 family of products, these feature-rich graphics processors redefine computer entertainment with advanced capabilities including support for the latest games and a home theater-quality HD multimedia experience on HD-capable monitors for use at work, at home or at play.
  • ATI Stream technology leverages multi-core CPU and GPU architectures to accelerate the execution of stream-enabled highly parallel functions enabling software developers to enable improved performance and interactivity across a broad range of OpenCL capable compute platforms.