Sunnyvale, Calif. – June 26, 2008 – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced new ATI Catalyst drivers with major performance enhancements to ATI FireGL professional graphics cards. Availability of this enhanced 8.49.7 Linux driver represents a significant leap for Linux customers seeking improved performance of CAD and digital content creation applications that can offer up to approximately 33 percent faster OpenGL performance than the previous driver.

“ATI FireGL graphics accelerators beat the competition in application performance at every price point.” said Janet Matsuda, senior director, Professional Graphics at AMD. “In the past we limited this statement to Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista environments. Now, ATI FireGL graphics outperform the competition across the board from Linux to Windows XP and Windows Vista.”

ATI FireGL graphics customers using Linux can take advantage of performance enhancements whether using the value ATI FireGL V3600 or the ultra high-end ATI FireGL V8650, which comes with the industry’s largest, 2 GB frame-buffer memory configuration. Additionally, the updated driver is compatible with ATI Radeon graphics. Version 8.49.7 of the ATI Catalyst Driver is now available for download via the ATI Catalyst Linux software suite at