AMD Catalyst Preview Driver with OpenGL 4.2 Beta Support for Windows 7 and Vista Released
AMD has released a new preview driver that supports the OpenGL 4.2 beta specification for Windows 7 and Vista users. The driver, which is available for download from AMD's website, enables developers and enthusiasts to test the latest features and performance improvements of the OpenGL 4.2 API.
OpenGL 4.2 is the latest version of the cross-platform graphics API that is widely used in gaming, CAD, and other applications. It introduces several new features, such as:
Shader Storage Buffer Objects that allow shaders to read and write arbitrary data without using global variables.
Atomic counters that enable fast and reliable synchronization between multiple shader invocations.
Enhanced texture functionality, such as multisample textures, texture views, and compressed ETC2/EAC textures.
Debug output that allows applications to receive human-readable messages from the OpenGL implementation.
The AMD Catalyst preview driver with OpenGL 4.2 beta support is compatible with the following AMD products:
AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series
AMD A-Series APU
AMD C-Series APU
AMD E-Series APU
AMD FirePro Series
The driver also requires Windows 7 or Vista with Service Pack 2 installed. Users are advised to uninstall any previous versions of AMD Catalyst drivers before installing the preview driver. The driver is provided as-is and is not supported by AMD customer care.
To download the AMD Catalyst preview driver with OpenGL 4.2 beta support for Windows 7 and Vista, visit https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/release-notes/rn-rad-win-ogl42.
OpenGL 4.2 is the latest in a series of updates to the OpenGL specification that aim to keep pace with the evolving needs of graphics developers and users. The OpenGL Architecture Review Board (ARB), which consists of representatives from major hardware and software vendors, oversees the development and maintenance of the OpenGL standard. The ARB releases new versions of OpenGL every year, adding new features and extensions that enhance the functionality and performance of the API.
AMD is one of the leading supporters of OpenGL and has been actively involved in the development of the OpenGL 4.2 specification. AMD's graphics products offer full support for OpenGL 4.2 and its extensions, as well as previous versions of OpenGL. AMD also provides tools and resources for developers who want to use OpenGL in their applications, such as the AMD GPU Services (AGS) library, the AMD GPU PerfStudio, and the AMD CodeXL.
AMD encourages developers and enthusiasts to try out the new preview driver with OpenGL 4.2 beta support and provide feedback on their experiences. AMD also welcomes suggestions for future improvements and features for OpenGL. To learn more about OpenGL and AMD's graphics products, visit https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/opengl. 29c81ba772