Advanced Micro Devices announced that the latest release of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 browser is accelerated by the AMD Fusion family of accelerated processing units and the company's Radeon graphics cards. Because AMD Fusion APUs are designed to enable an HD 2.0 experience and enhanced quality in online video and entertainment without sacrificing battery life, PCs powered by APUs are ideal for Web browsing with IE9, AMD claims.
The public version of Internet Explorer 9 is available for download from Microsoft now.
"You've heard of the 'best of the best,' and by combining Internet Explorer 9 with AMD's incredible computing platforms, we're effectively delivering the 'best of the next," said John Taylor, director of client product and software marketing for AMD. "Better applications, video playback, gaming and general Web page interactivity will define the next-generation Web experience. Through combining our award-winning AMD Radeon graphics cards, or AMD Fusion APUs with DirectX 11-capable graphics, with Internet Explorer 9 we're helping users to unlock the full potential of their PC."
Earlier this month, AMD announced support from the PC software community with more than 50 applications currently accelerated by the Fusion family of APUs. The Fusion APUs, including the currently available AMD C-Series, E-Series and Embedded G-Series processors, accelerate applications ranging from video creation and playback to 3D graphics and DirectX 11 games. New generations of desktop, notebook and tablet PCs, as well as HD netbooks based on AMD Fusion APUs, also offer the Vision Engine from AMD, which accelerates 3D gaming and Web browsing, allows for the manipulation of HD content, and allows for 1080p HD video playback.
"For far too long the Web we all enjoy has been relegated to second-class status. Compared to the rich, dynamic and fast experiences we get with native apps, the Web today is relatively flat. That changes with Internet Explorer 9," said Ryan Gavin, senior director of Internet Explorer at Microsoft. "A fully hardware-accelerated browser, taking advantage of Windows and the latest in PC hardware innovations such as the AMD Fusion family of APUs and discrete HD graphics solutions, means the Web as we know it is about to change. GPU-powered HTML5 in Internet Explorer 9 with AMD Fusion chip technology means Web developers have the ability to create fast, immersive and increasingly beautiful Web experiences."
The inaugural AMD Fusion Developer Summit (AFDS) will be held June 13-16, 2011, in Bellevue, Wash. AFDS will gather developers, academics and emerging innovators to learn more about heterogeneous computing, APU technology, parallel processing and developer programs like the AMD Fusion Fund, a program that supports development of new and enhanced consumer digital experiences by helping to further advance an ecosystem that promotes CPU and GPU collaborative computing.
Projects for consideration include a range of next-generation and accelerated computing capabilities enabled by AMD Fusion APU products, including application software and tool development, unique device designs, PC components and innovative ideas that extend the reach of collaborative computing on the CPU and GPU.