AMD shows off DirectX 11 graphics chip

Chip firm AMD said it has demonstrated what it claims to be the first Microsoft DirectX 11 graphics processor.

It won’t be available until the end of 2009 but AMD said that features including tessellation will improve games performance using sixth gen AMD technology. The compute shader, another feature of DirectX 11 will help Windows 7 run faster in many applications when coupled to AMD DirectX 11 graphics cards.

One example AMD gives for this is converting video for playback on portable media players using a drag and drop interface. AMD claims that the development of DirectX 11 were pioneered on its chips including compute shaders, tessellation, Fetch 4, custom filter anti-aliasing and high definition ambient occlusion shading.