AMD Teams With Rhythm & Hues To Bring “Daredevil” To Life
AMD Athlon™ MP processor–based workstations from Angstrom Microsystems give comic-book hero a boost to the big screen
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its collaboration with Rhythm & Hues and Angstrom Microsystems in the production of the 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises film, “Daredevil.” Rhythm & Hues used Angstrom Microsystems’ Delta500 workstations based on AMD Athlon™ MP processors to create and render captivating visual effects for the comic-book hero’s live-action debut.
Rhythm & Hues’ special effects for “Daredevil” include computer-generated characters and “shadow world,” the visualization style that allows the audience to “see” through Daredevil’s eyes. AMD Athlon MP processor-based systems enable Rhythm & Hues to reduce special effect rendering times, ultimately increasing time available to develop more creative, intensive images and sequences.
“Software compatibility and outstanding floating point performance unite in AMD Athlon MP processor-based systems from Angstrom Microsystems to provide superb performance in this compute-intensive environment,” said Mark Brown, vice president of technology for Rhythm & Hues. “With visual effects scene complexities increasing exponentially, we are very much looking forward to the upcoming AMD Opteron™ processor and the new levels of visual effects that 64-bit computing will allow us to achieve.”
“The speed and performance of Delta500 workstations powered by
AMD Athlon MP processors allow the artist to take each effect through many iterations in less time,” said Lalit Jain, chief executive officer of Angstrom Microsystems. “This results in a richer, higher quality visual experience delivered to the filmmaker, and ultimately, the audience.”
“AMD’s continued focus on the needs of our customers, and the performance and reliability of AMD Athlon MP processors, have enabled us to experience success in the server and workstation markets for digital content creation,” said Marty Seyer, vice president of server business segment, Computation Products Group, AMD. “Moving forward, the computer-generated visual effects industry is just one of the many that will be able to realize the benefits of 64-bit computing with the upcoming AMD Opteron processor.”
Academy Award-winning Rhythm & Hues creates computer-generated visual effects for feature films, as well as commercials and theme parks. They previously used rendering and content creation systems based on AMD Athlon MP processors for the creation of effects in movies including “Men in Black II,” “The Sum of all Fears,” “Scooby-Doo” and “Cats & Dogs.”
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