AMD demonstrated graphics hardware performing a few DirectX 11-based operations, the press release provides very little concrete information about the its next generation chip ATI Radeon HD 5870. It mentions an end of 2009 release. Even if the chip details are sparse, AMD says it demonstrated its new hardware speeding non-gaming applications in Windows 7 by way of the DirectCompute component of DirectX 11. DirectCompute, if you're unfamiliar, is essentially the Windows-based alternative to Nvidia's CUDA effort to offload certain non-gaming application tasks, most typically video transcoding, from the CPU to the GPU. Nvidia is sure to support DirectCompute as well with its own DirectX 11 hardware.