AMD64 Technology Takes Dreamworks Animation Up And “Over The Hedge” In Upcoming Movie
— HP Technology Powered by AMD64 Processors Help Cast of Furry Animals Achieve Stellar Performance —
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that HP servers and workstations powered by AMD64 processors contributed significantly to the digital magic behind DreamWorks Animation’s (NYSE: DWA) comedy, “Over the Hedge,” which opens today.
The use of AMD64 technology helped DreamWorks Animation enhance the artistry of “Over the Hedge,” arming digital artists with the processing power necessary to create the film’s breathtaking imagery.
“Over the Hedge” is about RJ, a traveling raccoon who encourages a group of animals to venture over a large hedge in search of food. The adventure unfolds when the animals interact with humans living nearby.
“Audiences have come to expect a more immersive experience in every computer animated film,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation co-founder and CEO. “As a leader in this field, DreamWorks Animation holds itself to the highest standards of innovation and excellence. And that’s why we partner with AMD. Their products and commitment to our partnership result in better animation.”
“AMD64 technology offers outstanding performance per watt, delivering the power and performance that DreamWorks Animation’s artists need to continually raise the bar of computer-generated animation and achieve greater on-screen detail while saving time,” said Henri Richard, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, AMD. “Consumers can enjoy the same level of computing performance at home or practically anywhere with desktop and notebook media center PCs based on AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processors.”
DreamWorks Animation digital artists created much of the lighting and special effects for “Over the Hedge” using HP xw9300 workstations and HP DL145G2 ProLiant servers powered by Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processors. These systems provided more than 30 percent additional computing power over DreamWorks Animation’s previous generation of systems, helping artists work on multiple scenes simultaneously – similar to how PCs based on AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors help consumers improve multi-tasking capability. DreamWorks Animation production management staff also used HP Compaq nx6125 notebooks based on AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology to help streamline a variety of production activities.
In the largest and most powerful render farm ever used for a DreamWorks Animation film, HP servers powered by Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors delivered more than 15 million combined render hours to turn digital information into full-fledged images of fur and foliage, not to mention water, fire, an explosion of artificial nacho cheese flavoring… and virtually everything else that can be seen on the screen.
“Today’s computer-generated filmmaking demands ever increasing performance of technology,” said Jim Zafarana, vice president and worldwide marketing manager, Workstation Global Business Unit, HP. “By partnering once again with DreamWorks Animation and AMD, HP is helping to enable filmmakers to create visually stunning films that fans can enjoy in the theater or at home.”
As the Preferred Processor Provider for DreamWorks Animation, AMD provides AMD64 technology for desktop and notebook PCs, as well as servers, workstations and render farm nodes used by DreamWorks Animation’s artists in their computer-generated filmmaking process.
Consumers have the ability to tap into similar technology used by DreamWorks Animation’s artists with PC systems powered by AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors and AMD Turion 64 mobile technology. With AMD’s dual-core technology, home users can usher in the next generation of digital media software for fantastic high-definition video creation and editing, downloading and retouching photos, as well as music recording and mixing.
The AMD64 processor platform is the gold standard for 64-bit computing. AMD64’s Direct Connect Architecture evolves industry standards to deliver break-through performance on single- and dual-core processors, reducing bottlenecks inherent in traditional front-side bus architectures. AMD64 technology is also designed to enhance the security of computing environments by integrating Enhanced Virus Protection* technology enabled by advanced anti-virus features in current versions of Linux®
and Solaris operating systems. Today, 90 percent of the top 100 and more than 45 percent of the top 500 of the Forbes Global 2000 companies or their subsidiaries are using AMD64 technology. Since their 2003 introduction, AMD64 processors have earned more than 160 industry awards and the support of more than 2,000 OEMs, hardware and software developers, system builders and distributors. For more information on the AMD64 processor platform, see www.amd.com/amd64
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