AMD has made its FreeSync technology a major focus of its Consumer Electronics Show announcements, partnering with companies including Benq, LG Electronics and Samsung to launch compatible displays.
AMD announced FreeSync a year ago
as an extension to a variable refresh rate technology it had donated to the Video Electronics Standards Alliance (VESA) for use with DisplayPort 1.2a laptops to reduce power draw. Known then as Adaptive-Sync, FreeSync takes the same underlying concept - syncing the refresh rate of the display device to that of the incoming video content, doing away with tearing and judder even at relatively low framerates - and applies it to desktop machines, providing a compatible display is connected. The technology is going up against rival Nvidia's G-Sync
, which offers the same benefit to green team members.
In September AMD announced deals with scaler makers
that would see FreeSync technology integrated into future product lines, followed by announcements from Samsung
that they would both be showing off FreeSync-compatible consumer-oriented displays at the Consumer Electronics Show this month. Now, AMD itself has outed additional partners for the programme: BenQ, Nixeus, and ViewSonic join Samsung and LG with displays ranging from 24" to 34" in sizes, refresh rates of 30Hz through to 144Hz and resolutions of 1080p rising to Ultra HD on the top-end variants.
'The broad adoption of FreeSync technology from our partners shows how the industry strongly values the same open ecosystem and quality that AMD strives for,
' claimed AMD's Roy Taylor at the announcement, in clear reference to the relatively poor up-take of Nvidia's proprietary G-Sync equivalent. 'Gamers who use FreeSync technology with AMD Radeon R-Series graphics and AMD latest generation of APUs can rest assured that they’re enjoying the best possible experience.
AMD also spoke of its upcoming Carrizo mobile-centric accelerated processing unit (APU) family, which will launch in high-performance Carrizo and mainstream Carrizo-L variants. Each will support DirectX 12, OpenCL and OpenGL, and AMD's own Mantle and FreeSync standards. The flagship Carrizo range will include AMD's latest x86 core, Excavator, in a Heterogeneous Systems Architecture 1.0-compliant system-on-chip design alongside next-generation Radeon graphics hardware. The Carrizo-L variant, meanwhile, uses Puma+ x86 cores alongside current-generation R-Series Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPUs. Both will feature an embedded ARM co-processor, designed to provide access to the TrustZone technology for improved security. Laptops and all-in-one systems based around both variants are expected to appear mid-year 2015, AMD has claimed.
Pricing for the Carrizo-based devices and FreeSync displays has yet to be confirmed.