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Encyclopedia > ATI FireGL
FireGL 4 video card

FireGL was a company in Germany that built workstation-class graphics accelerator cards based on IBM geometry and rasterizer chips. ATI later bought the company, and continued the line of FireGL graphics cards for workstation-class computing. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 460 pixelsFull resolution (1825 × 1050 pixel, file size: 843 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 460 pixelsFull resolution (1825 × 1050 pixel, file size: 843 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The current version of the article or section is written like a magazine article; it does not use the direct, balanced tone expected of an encyclopedia. ... A graphics/video/display card/board/adapter is a computer component designed to convert the logical representation of visual information into a signal that can be used as input for a display medium. ...


The ATI FireGL range of graphics cards is a series fabricated by ATI for use with CAD (Computer Aided Design) and DCC (Digital Content Creation) programs, usually found in workstations. They are very similar in hardware to the Radeon range, but have slight differences, which the FireGL drivers check in order to allow them to be used. A graphics/video/display card/board/adapter is a computer component designed to convert the logical representation of visual information into a signal that can be used as input for a display medium. ... The current version of the article or section is written like a magazine article; it does not use the direct, balanced tone expected of an encyclopedia. ... CAD is a TLA that may stand for: Cadiz Railroad (AAR reporting mark CAD) Canadian dollar – ISO 4217-code Capital Adequacy Directive Card Acceptance Device Children of the Anachronistic Dynasty Computer-aided design Computer-aided detection (medical) Computer-aided diagnosis (medical) Computer-assisted dispatch Computer-assisted drafting Coronary artery disease... A computer workstation, often colloquially referred to as workstation, is a high-end general-purpose microcomputer designed to be used by one person at a time and which offers higher performance than normally found in a personal computer, especially with respect to graphics, processing power and the ability to carry... ATI Radeon is a brand of graphics processing units (GPU) that has been manufactured by ATI Technologies since 2000 and the successor to their Rage line. ...

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Differences with the Radeon Line

Though often being developed in the same time frame with Radeon line of graphics cards, the FireGL line had several differences over the Radeon line aimed at multimedia entertainment, and are as follows: ATI Radeon is a brand of graphics processing units (GPU) that has been manufactured by ATI Technologies since 2000 and the successor to their Rage line. ... A graphics/video/display card/board/adapter is a computer component designed to convert the logical representation of visual information into a signal that can be used as input for a display medium. ... ATI Radeon is a brand of graphics processing units (GPU) that has been manufactured by ATI Technologies since 2000 and the successor to their Rage line. ...


The FireGL line is designed for multimedia content creation programs such as 3ds Max and CAD programs such as Solidworks, whereas their Radeon counterparts are suited towards video games, since professional software suites such as 3ds Max and Maya rely more on the Vertex processors of the cards, instead of the pixel pipelines and texture mapping units used by other 3d software, such as games [citation needed]. FireGL cards, on the other hand, support antialiased points and lines (unlike FSAA in Radeon cards, antialiasing only applies to the points and lines), quad-buffered stereo, two-sided lighting, Hardware-accelerated clip planes (example of 6 supported for FireGL X3-256), dedicated overlay planes buffer which Maya benefits from this. 3ds Max is a full-featured 3D graphics application developed by Autodesk Media and Entertainment. ... SolidWorks is a 3D CAD (computer-aided design) program that runs on Microsoft Windows and was developed by SolidWorks Corporation - now a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes, S. A.. SolidWorks was introduced in 1993 as a competitor to CAD programs such as Pro/ENGINEER, SDRC I-DEAS (now Unigraphics NX... ATI Radeon is a brand of graphics processing units (GPU) that has been manufactured by ATI Technologies since 2000 and the successor to their Rage line. ... 3ds Max is a full-featured 3D graphics application developed by Autodesk Media and Entertainment. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Spherical texture mapping Texture mapping is a method, pioneered by Edwin Catmull, of adding detail, surface texture, or colour to a computer-generated graphic or 3D model. ... Modern graphics_cards usually support some method of FSAA or Full Scene Anti-Aliasing to help avoid aliasing and jaggies on full screen images. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Though, it is not known that the "features" mentioned above present only on FireGL cards or being disabled via the drivers for Radeon products. The FireGL drivers were also built with maximum image quality and pixel precision in mind. However, because the drivers are also based on the Catalyst drivers made for the Radeon line, it also makes them suitable for casual gaming, at the expense of probable compatibility issues with the very latest games due to the age of the drivers (they were not released monthly as the Catalyst driver suite did), with FireGL cards in theory push more data than their Radeon gaming counterparts. ATI Radeon is a brand of graphics processing units (GPU) that has been manufactured by ATI Technologies since 2000 and the successor to their Rage line. ...


Soft-mods

Because of the similarities between FireGL and Radeon cards, some users soft-mod their Radeon cards to use a modified FireGL driver patched by automated scripts using third-party software, to enable FireGL capabilities for their hardware, effectively getting a cheaper, equivalent, SoftGL cards. Modding is a slang expression that is derived from the verb, modify, and the noun, modification. The term can refer to the act of modifying a piece of hardware or software to perform a function not intended by someone with legal rights concerning that modification. ...


List of Cards

Original FireGL models:

FireGL Model Based on chipset Pixel
Pipelines
Vertex
Processors
Memory (RAM) Bus Type
FireGL 1000 3DLabs Permedia + GLint Delta 4/8 MB
FireGL 1000 Pro 3DLabs Permedia 2 4/8 MB
FireGL 2000 3Dlabs GLINT 300SX + S3 86C968/86c868 8 MB VRAM + 8-12 MB DRAM
FireGL 3000 3Dlabs Glint 500TX + Glint Delta 8 MB VRAM+ 8/16/32 MB
FireGL 4000 Mitsubishi 3Dpro/2MP 15 3D RAM/ 4-16 CDRAM
FireGL 5000 iMPAC-GE
FireGL 1 IBM Rasterizer 32 MB
FireGL 2 IBM RC1000 + GT1000 64 MB AGP
FireGL 3 IBM RC1000 + GT1000 128 MB AGP Pro
FireGL 4 IBM RC1000 + GT1000

ATI FireGL models:

FireGL Model Based on chipset Pixel
Pipelines
Vertex
Processors
Memory (RAM) Bus Type
FireGL 8700 Radeon 8500 4 2 64 MB AGP
FireGL 8800 Radeon 8500 4 2 128 MB AGP
FireGL T2-128 Radeon 9600 Pro 4 2 128 MB AGP
FireGL Z1-128 Radeon 9500 Pro 8 4 128 MB AGP
FireGL X1-128 Radeon 9700 8 4 128 MB AGP
FireGL X1-256 Radeon 9700 Pro 8 4 256 MB AGP-Pro
FireGL X2-256 Radeon 9800 Pro 8 4 256 MB AGP
FireGL X2-256t Radeon 9800 XT 8 4 256 MB AGP
FireGL X3 Radeon X800 Pro 12 6 256 MB AGP
FireGL X3-256 Radeon X800 XT 16 6 256 MB AGP
FireGL V3100 Radeon X300 XT 4 2 128 MB PCI-E
FireGL V3200 Radeon X600 XT 4 2 128 MB PCI-E
FireGL V3600 Radeon HD 2600 Pro 120 SPUs 120 P/V/G 256 MB PCI-E
FireGL V5000 Radeon X700 Pro/XT 8 6 128 MB PCI-E
FireGL V5100 Radeon X800 Pro 12 6 128 MB PCI-E
FireGL V5200 Radeon X1600 Pro/XT 12 5 256 MB PCI-E
FireGL V5600 Radeon HD 2600 XT 120 SPUs 120 P/V/G 512 MB PCI-E
FireGL V7100 Radeon X800 XT 16 6 256 MB PCI-E
FireGL V7200 Radeon X1800 XT 16 8 256 MB PCI-E
FireGL V7300 Radeon X1800 XT 16 8 512 MB PCI-E
FireGL V7350 Radeon X1800 XT 16 8 1024 MB PCI-E
FireGL V7600 Radeon HD 2900 Pro 320 SPUs 320 P/V/G 512 MB PCI-E
FireGL V8600 Radeon HD 2900 XT 320 SPUs 320 P/V/G 1024 MB PCI-E
FireGL V8650 Radeon HD 2900 XT 320 SPUs 320 P/V/G 2048 MB PCI-E
Mobility FireGL 7800 Mobility Radeon 7500 2 2 32 MB AGP
Mobility FireGL 9000 Mobility Radeon 9000 4 2 64 MB AGP
Mobility FireGL T2 Mobility Radeon 9600 4 2 128 MB AGP
Mobility FireGL T2e Mobility Radeon 9700 4 2 128 MB AGP
Mobility FireGL V3100 Mobility Radeon X300 4 2 128 MB PCI-E
Mobility FireGL V3200 Mobility Radeon X600 4 2 128 MB PCI-E
Mobility FireGL V5000 Mobility Radeon X700 8 6 128 MB PCI-E
Mobility FireGL V5200 Mobility Radeon X1600 12 5 256 MB PCI-E
Mobility FireGL V5250 Mobility Radeon X1700 12 5 256 MB PCI-E
Mobility FireGL V5600 Mobility Radeon HD 2600 120 SPUs 120 P/V/G 256 MB PCI-E

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See also

The NVIDIA Quadro series of professional solutions by NVIDIA Corporation is a set of AGP and PCI Express graphics boards targeted at the professional workstation market for computer-aided-design (CAD), digital content creation (DCC), film and visualization applications. ... This table contains general information about ATis GPUs and videocards based on official ATi specifications. ...

External links

  • ATi FireGL page
ATI graphics processors
2D Chips: Mach
Direct3D 3-6: Rage
Direct3D 7.0: Radeon R100
Direct3D 8.0: Radeon R200
Direct3D 9.0: Radeon R300R420R520
Direct3D 10: Radeon R600R700
Other ATI technologies
Chipsets: IGP3xx9000/9100 IGPXpress 200Xpress 3200580X690G790X
Multi-GPU: Multi-renderingCrossFire
Workstations and HPC: FireGLFireMV • FireStream
Consumer electronics: ImageonXilleon
Misc: AVIVOCTMHLSL2GLSLHyperMemory • PowerPlay • TruFormUVD
Game console GPUs: Flipper (GameCube) • Xenos (Xbox 360) • Hollywood (Wii)

 
 

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