Ruby Real Life Demo: AMD shows new quality of real-time character rendering - Video update
On a closed event AMD didn't just introduce Ati Eyefinity for DirectX 11 Radeons (possible Radeon HD 5870), but showed a new Ruby technology demo, too. That's at least what first screenshots indicate.
Original article: September 11, 2009
With a rather inconspicuous presentation the headline which said "AMD Demonstrates the PC's Next Act”, AMD has indicated that the new Ati Radeon family will be able to display "incredibly complex virtual environments and characters unlike anything seen before”.
Unfortunately the press release, which can be found at AMD.com, doesn't deliver more detailed information. AMD at least linked to some pictures. The first two pictures show the known Ruby 2.0 demo, which is based on Cinema 2.0. This demo is, with a mixture of Ray Tracing and Voxel Rendering, absolutely free of polygons. PC Games Hardware already reported back in 2008 that the Ruby demo wasn't based on the traditional Rasterization. By the way: The Ruby 2.0 tech demo has never been released.
But AMD offers additional pictures of some kind of Real Life Ruby, that's what the title of the pictures hint at. Those pictures are an example for the new realism of characters mentioned above - calculated in real-time apparently. Striking: The pictures called Ruby_Rendered deliver EXIF files of a digital camera, so they seem to be real photos. The other pictures on the contrary apparently are real renderings - but then the final rendering of the original is missing. AMD did not yet comment on this situation, but we will deliver any statement as soon as possible.
Update: September 23, 2009
AMD has released a video that shows the Ruby Real Life Demo. In the clip below at 5:33 you can see that the modeled head is rendered, illuminated and rotated in real-time. For this purpose a DirectX 11 graphics cards with a GPU that uses Compute Shader to calculate the new Ruby.
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