AMD introduced a new professional card that delivers one teraFLOPS of computing power for single precision performance. The single-slot FireStream 9250 1GB GDDR3 card is based on the upcoming Radeon HD 4800 series and uses less than 150W, delivering supercomputer-like performance at up to eight gigaFLOPS per Watt. The card also supports double-precision floating point but the maximum performance for those calculations is only 200 gigaFLOPS. AMD's FireStream 9250 will be available in Q3 2008 for $999.
Customers can leverage AMD’s latest FireStream offering to run critical workloads such as financial analysis or seismic processing dramatically faster than with CPU alone, helping them to address more complex problems and achieve faster results. For example, developers are reporting up to a 55x performance increase on financial analysis codes as compared to processing on the CPU alone, which supports their efforts to make better and faster decisions. Additionally, the use of flexible GPU technology rather than custom accelerators assists those creating application-specific systems to enhance and maintain their solutions easily.
The AMD FireStream 9250 stream processor includes a second-generation double-precision floating point hardware implementation delivering more than 200 gigaflops, building on the capabilities of the earlier AMD FireStream 9170, the industry’s first GP-GPU with double-precision floating point support. The AMD FireStream 9250’s compact size makes it ideal for small 1U servers as well as most desktop systems, workstations, and larger servers and it features 1GB of GDDR3 memory, enabling developers to handle large, complex problems.