About six weeks ago, AMD announced the formation of a new organization within the company that has a laser focus on the vertical integration of all things graphics. The Radeon Technologies Group encompasses a team that is able to capture all the major inflection points in the visualization and gaming industries like DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality – and is led by graphics industry veteran and architect, Raja Koduri.
This team is tasked with propeling the industry forward by driving performance/W with new GPUs, creating innovative new technologies, and making sure the software that supports GPUs is world class. The first output from the Radeon Technologies Group is a re-imagined Software strategy. As the primary way that people interact with AMD products, the software deserves to be viewed as a top priority among their roadmaps, and going forward that's exactly what they're doing.
AMD is putting great focus on software. They have been delivering graphics drivers for the past 20+ years, and during this time the graphics driver evolved way beyond the graphics device driver. "It's more than just a driver. It's a whole range of software, and we know how important the software experience is to gamers, game developers, professionals, and others who use our products every day."
This set of software has evolved into a mini graphics Operating System. With the formation of Radeon Technologies Group, AMD has decided to call this mini graphics Operating System "Radeon Software".
This means they will be retiring AMD Catalyst. "This marks the end of an era, and the beginning of a new age of immersive computing where we will be surrounded by billions of brilliant pixels that enhance our daily lives in ways we have yet to fully comprehend. The new era starts on November 2nd when we will introduce Radeon Software Crimson Edition."
AMD has re-designed and re-architected what was previously known as AMD Catalyst Control Center (CCC), and named it Radeon/FirePro Settings. With the new design, they focused on experience, form and function. You'll see how the new Radeon/FirePro Settings has a modern user interface that is simple and clean, is intuitive to use, and has a significantly faster start up than its predecessor. It also has new features:
- Game Manager
- Video Quality presets
- Social Media integration
- Simplified EF setup
- System notifications tab
So what are they announcing on November 2nd?
- AMD Catalyst is retiring and AMD is introducing a completely redesigned and reimagined Radeon Software. Radeon Software represents the breadth and depth of Radeon Technologies Group's Software focus. The forthcoming update will be called Radeon Software Crimson Edition.
- A completely new and streamlined user interface called Radeon Settings.
- Radeon Software Crimson Edition will be available for everyone to download before the end of the year. More details in the coming weeks.