AMD and Matrox Graphics Collaborate to Produce Professional GPUs with Radeon Chips

Matrox is a very old niche video solutions company and they have recently revealed that AMD is on-board to help them produce the next generation of Matrox GPUs. These GPUs are going to be used mostly for massive Multi-Screen setups and analog specific video editing.

Matrox Millenium GPUA Matrox Millenium GPU from 1994. Copyright: VGAMuseum

Matrox Graphics Chooses AMD Chips to Power its Professional GPUs

[Dramatization] Introducing the Matrox Millennium GPU powered by the IS Storm Core. Clocked at an insane frequency of 50 Mhz and powered with a 32 Bit VGA core  this is the card for your 2d and 3d Graphics needs. The Matrox Millennium rocks a massive 8MB of SGRAM. Supporting resolutions of upto 1600x1200 in 256 Colors and DOS Performance of 6100 in PC Bench 9.0, this is the best your money can buy!

Not a lot of people know about Matrox but it is a very very special company in the tech world. Back in the golden age, Matrox was a high-end 2d graphics company right there with our giant duo and the legendary 3dfx. Notably, it released the Matrox Millennium GPUs that could be considered the 'Titans' of the 1990s. However with the revolution of the 3d Graphics, Matrox started lagging behind its rival siblings. It decided to quit and focus only on niche markets leaving 3dfx, Nvidia and AMD alone in the ring.

This turned out to be a very wise choice since 3dfx lost the race and paid with bankruptcy and being acquired by rival Nvidia. Red and Green are still here today, and interestingly, so is Matrox. I found this news post to be rather ironic because Matrox is now partners with a company that it openly waged war against a decade ago. The history of Matrox was in the 2D era and most of it has been lost, however tech enthusiasts of the 90s would undoubtedly recognize the vendor. Anyways, the actual news:

The soon-to-be-launched product line will enable unique features that solve real-world problems in enterprise, industrial, pro A/V, digital signage, security, command and control, and other professional applications.“AMD is excited to work with Matrox to deliver compelling industry leading GPUs for their professional users,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. “AMD delivers solutions, backed by rock solid drivers, that allow users to realize the full potential of their workstations and produce outstanding results backed by high quality hardware and software application support.”

Not much is known about the GPUs at the moment though we do know the preliminary specs. 28nm Process, 1.5 Billion Transistor Count, DX 11.2, OpenGL 4.4 and Open CL 11.2 coupled with a 128bit Interface. These specs make me think that we are looking at a Cape Verde PRO chip since all the specs slot in almost perfectly.

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