Accelerated Processing Units power the next generation of user experiences

With the proliferation of new form factors such as convertible and hybrid tablets alongside evolving all-in-ones, we are at a time when the keyboard and mouse have been surpassed as the best ways to interact with our computers. These new form factors work best with touch, speech and gesture inputs to create immersive experiences that foster productivity and enjoyment, and at the AMD Developer Summit we will showcase just what is possible thanks to the power of AMD’s A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APU).

AMD’s A-Series APUs are more than just a traditional CPU, housing a powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) that can be used to play the latest games and enable user experiences that are simply not viable on traditional CPUs. This is possible because the Radeon GPU within an AMD A-Series APU allows developers to tap into massive, low power, processing by supporting the OpenCL programming language.

AMD’s pioneering vision of the APU is a processor that delivers better user experiences across the spectrum of computing devices and at the AMD Developer Summit there will be numerous examples of this. AMD’s A-Series APUs leverages the work that is done by AMD and its partners, allowing users to experience new ways to interact with their computer other than a keyboard and mouse, enabling new ways of interacting with content such as using hand gestures to control video playback on a tablet that is streaming in real time to a TV screen.

Gesture recognition also enables users to make hand movement that initiate programs, change the page of a book, or scroll down a website without touching the mouse wheel or screen. Although it may sound simple, to make gesture recognition seamless requires considerable parallel processing in order to accurately detect, track and analyze user motion in different lighting conditions. Thanks to the AMD A-Series APU having both a CPU and GPU to handle intense parallel processing computation, complex problems such as gesture control becomes a reality.

AMD’s work on enabling gesture control in computers goes beyond designing the revolutionary A-Series APU. Unlike other gesture control systems that make use of costly cameras, thanks to the A-Series APU’s compute power, gesture control is possible on standard 2D cameras that can be found on millions of computers, and best of all, can leverage touch-based swipes from Microsoft® Windows 8.

Being able to gesture to the computer is just the start of the next generation of natural user interfaces. Nuance, an industry leader in speech recognition and the company behind the highly acclaimed Dragon Naturally Speaking products, will be showing how AMD’s TrueAudio technology can improve speech recognition in applications by applying complex post-processing that significantly improves audio playback quality, removes background noise and reduces the latency of analyzing speech input. AMD TrueAudio is just one example of AMD innovation that is enabling software developers to invent new ways for users to interact with their computers.

AMD has also been working on facial recognition technology that can allow users to login by simply looking at their computer. Facial recognition, much like gesture control, requires significant parallel processing power – and area where APUs really excel – and thanks to the A-Series APU’s Radeon GPU, the user’s face can be analyzed quickly to grant them access to their machine. Thanks to the work AMD, Nuance and CyberLink have been doing with audio technologies, face login will also be supplemented with voice authentication.

New, more natural ways of interacting with computers is just one of the areas AMD is working hard to bring new experiences to PC users. AMD’s partner BlueStacks allows users to run Google Android OS and apps on computers running Microsoft® Windows. With BlueStacks, users can seamlessly add their favorite Android apps onto the PC for a big-screen, touch experience.

AMD and its partners will show off just what is possible with the power of the APU at the Innovative Client Experiences track during the AMD Developer Summit. Whether it is new ways to interact with your PC or running smartphone and tablet Android apps on a PC’s big screen, AMD and its partners are enabling new ways for users to enjoy their PC.

Rick Gayle is the Sr Manager of Client Software Strategy at AMD.  His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only.  Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

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