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The recent formation of the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) represents AMD’s commitment to graphics leadership. RTG’s mandate is to drive relentless innovation in pushing graphics technology to new paradigms of performance and immersive experiences. RTG is focused on harnessing our graphics talent across the company to establish initiatives for leadership in emerging immersive computing opportunities, and it all starts with software.

For more than a decade, AMD Catalyst™ graphics drivers and software have been boosting visual performance, adding new features and capabilities, and enhancing the reliability of your AMD-based PC —at no additional charge.

AMD Catalyst™ Omega, a special edition driver delivered double-digit performance increases and was packed with more than 20 new features, improvements, and fixes based on user feedback. Millions downloaded the AMD Catalyst™ Omega driver, and customer satisfaction surged by almost 20% — one of the most successful AMD Catalyst driver releases in history.

We are putting great focus on software. We have been delivering graphics drivers for the past 20+ years, and during this time the graphics driver evolved way beyond the graphics device driver.  Now we have user interfaces, libraries, tools, applications, packaged as what we call drivers. These so-called drivers have evolved into a “mini graphics Operating System”. With the formation of Radeon Technologies Group, we have decided to call this mini graphics Operating System “Radeon Software”. For the last 12 months, our software engineers have been hard at work on many exciting features and innovations.

This year’s software release marks a new era for AMD. That's why we decided to give it a new name.

On November 2, we announced Radeon Software Crimson Edition to the world. Redesigned. Refined. Supercharged. We've been humbled by the end user interest and response.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition is AMD’s revolutionary new graphics software that delivers redesigned functionality, supercharged graphics performance, remarkable new features, and innovation that redefines the overall user experience.

Radeon Settings. The art of simplicity. Powerful new user interface

The new streamlined user interface has been named Radeon Settings. Engineered to bring out the best of AMD graphics hardware, user-friendly and feature-rich Radeon Settings is lightning fast, looks sharp, works smoothly, and delivers intuitive functionality. Radeon Settings has been built ground up in Qt (Qt is a software development framework with modular cross-platform libraries and tools) resulting in 10x faster start up1, and 3X Faster6 initialization of the display than with the AMD Catalyst™ driver. It also has new and more intuitive navigation, a new game manager, new overdrive, and new video, display and AMD Eyefinity technology sections.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition ventures far beyond the realm of a traditional graphics driver software and showcases the latest AMD technologies and advances:

We know how important the software experience is to gamers, game developers, and for everyone who use our products every day. Today’s gamers are more sophisticated than ever, requiring more than just raw frames per second. They want the best of the both worlds: better performance and improved power efficiency.

Technology is at its best when it’s invisible, undetectable and unnoticeable. In one word, seamless. We at AMD work very hard to constantly improve the user experience so that PC users can enjoy playing games, watching videos and being productive. Compared to AMD Catalyst Omega driver, we had

Last year AMD asked PC communities to share their feedback on what driver fixes were important to them. This year with Radeon Software Crimson Edition, we did it again! Using this feedback we created a top-10 list of fixes for the community. We had a dedicated team working on reproducing, debugging and fixing these issues.

Consumers experience what developers imagine. Turning the developer’s vision into reality is one of our greatest priorities, and with the Radeon Software Crimson Edition software we are delivering a number of tools to help developers code, analyze, and debug the next great applications such as OpenCL™ 2.0 optional features and AMD CODEXL 1.9.

So that’s Radeon Software Crimson Edition in a nutshell. Our goal is to deliver amazing experiences relying on performance-driven designs and user-oriented functionality that is lightning-fast, looks sharp and works smoothly.  For the last 12 months, our software engineers have been hard at work on many exciting features and innovations. We invite everyone to download the new Radeon Software Crimson Edition and experience the benefits, and see for themselves what difference a year makes.

Sasa Marinkovic is Head of Software Marketing for AMD. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

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