RealVNC™ and AMD team up to add remote connectivity to AMD’s professional graphics cards


RealVNC demonstrates collaboration with AMD RapidFire SDK at IBC Amsterdam.

RealVNC™, the provider of VNC® remote access software, and AMD, the designers of outstanding professional graphics cards, today announced that they have teamed up to demonstrate RealVNC’s VNC connectivity software to AMD FirePro™ professional graphics cards to enable remote access whereby professional users get an experience similar to using a local desktop.

RealVNC is demonstrating a hybrid VNC proof of concept using AMD’s RapidFire API and SDK, at IBC in Amsterdam from 12th–16th September. The collaboration allows AMD FirePro professional graphics users to work at whole new levels of detail, speed, responsiveness and creativity, wherever they are in the world, whenever they need to. The technology allows users to edit hi-res photos, edit and manipulate 4k videos or render massive 3D and CAD files from a laptop and eventually even their tablets or smartphones.

With VNC software integrated on the host computer running with AMD FirePro graphics cards and a VNC software application on a local client device that is internet-connected to the host, you can manipulate the host computer as if you were sitting in front of it. This means that you can receive the full graphics and performance provided by the AMD FirePro GPUs remotely regardless of the specs of the local computer.

“AMD values working with RealVNC by leveraging their expertise and innovation for outstanding remote access connectivity,” said David Cummings, senior director and general manager, Professional Graphics at AMD. “The combination of VNC with AMD’s RapidFire API offers users an exceptional 3D remote desktop experience from systems with AMD FirePro graphics cards to any client device. We’re excited about the future collaboration between AMD and RealVNC.” AMD RapidFire exposes hardware and software capabilities that will enable supporting companies to benefit from an API that delivers: H.264 encoding at HD visual quality via an independent hardware block that will not impact GPU rendering; multi-stream encoding allow up to six x 720p video streams at 30fps; desktop and window capture with minimal latency and optimal network bandwidth; and, results that offer a compelling and responsive experience on virtually any device.

“We are delighted that the AMD FirePro graphics cards with RapidFire support have integrated VNC remote access software,” said Richard Pickul, Strategic Alliances Manager of RealVNC. “This collaboration provides new capabilities to the AMD FirePro graphics cards that users will be able to benefit from and we look forward to a long relationship with AMD.”

About RealVNC
RealVNC’s software is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world in both desktop and mobile platforms for remote access and control. The technology is being deployed in every sector of industry, commerce, government and education. Founded by the original inventors of VNC, RealVNC is the only organization able to offer a commercial license to embed VNC remote access capability in third-party products and offerings.

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