SUNNYVALE, CA-DECEMBER 13, 2001-AMD today announced that Pinnacle Systems renowned professional digital video editing software has been optimized for the AMD Athlon(tm) MP processor for multiprocessing workstation platforms. FASTstudio.DV is the first Pinnacle Systems software product designed to take advantage of AMD's Smart MP technology for systems using dual AMD Athlon MP processors. High-performance workstations and servers powered by AMD Athlon MP processors can help shorten production cycles and enhance productivity in the commercial video editing market.
Smart MP technology allows professional users of FASTstudio.DV to gain a significant performance benefit by enabling more performance from the second processor in combination with AMD's Socket A platform, which is designed to offer stability over time, AMD's high performance multiprocessors provide seamless integration for the enterprise environment.
"With their speed, power, and reliability, systems based on the AMD multi-processing platform provide exactly the high-quality hardware foundation on which our demanding FASTstudio software can demonstrate its strengths," says Brad Swenson, Pinnacle Systems product manager. "As expected, the performance, especially in regard to processing power, was exceptional."
"Sophisticated software requires high-performance hardware. The professional video tools from Pinnacle Systems are some of the most power-hungry and compute intensive applications on the market," said Richard Heye, vice president of Platform Engineering and Infrastructure for AMD's Computation Products Group. "Our high-performance AMD Athlon MP processor helps deliver shorter production cycles and cost reductions, making it a natural choice for FAST users."
About the AMD Athlon(tm) MP Processor
The AMD Athlon MP processor is a seventh-generation x86 processor designed for high-performance multiprocessing servers and workstations. A key advantage of AMD's multiprocessing platform is Smart MP technology, which greatly enhances overall platform performance by increasing data movement between the two CPUs, chipset and memory system. Smart MP technology features dual point-to-point, high-speed 266MHz system buses with Error Correcting Code (ECC) support designed to provide up to 2.1GB per second per CPU of bus bandwidth in a dual-processor system. Smart MP technology also has an optimized Modified Owner Exclusive Shared Invalid (MOESI) cache coherency protocol that manages data and memory traffic in a multiprocessing environment.
The AMD Athlon MP processor features the patented QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture, which includes a high performance full-speed cache with hardware data pre-fetch, a fully pipelined superscalar floating point engine, and an exclusive L2 Translation Look-aside Buffer (TLB). The processor also incorporates 3DNow!(tm) Professional technology, which has 51 new instructions that extend AMD's 3DNow! technology, enabling smoother, richer and more lifelike images, more precise digital audio and an enriched Internet experience.
The AMD Athlon MP processor is compatible with AMD's stable Socket A infrastructure, and supports DDR memory technology.
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About Pinnacle Systems
Pinnacle Systems' broadcast, desktop, and consumer products provide video professionals and consumers cutting-edge digital video tools to create, store, distribute, and view web enabled digital video easier and more affordably than ever before. Pinnacle Systems may be reached at (650) 526-1600 or at www.pinnaclesys.com
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