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ATI Radeon 9700, Radeon 9000 Pro and Radeon 9000: the official announcement

TIPA awards 2002-2003

Excalibur Radeon 9000 PRO from Hightech Information System

Hong Kong HIS (Hightech Information System) announced the release of HIS Excalibur Radeon 9000 PRO graphics card based on ATI Radeon 9000 PRO (RV250).

Excalibur Radeon 9000 PRO has 64 MB of 128-bit DDR SDRAM, 275/275 MHz core/memory clock rate. The card supports VIVO (Video-in, Video-Out), has standard analog output and digital DVI and TV outputs.

The card is supplied with CyberLink PowerDVD XP 4.0 and PowerDirector 2.1 PRO VE.

ATI Radeon 9700, Radeon 9000 Pro and Radeon 9000: the official announcement

ATI officially announced the release of three new GPUs: hi-end Radeon 9700 and mainstream Radeon 9000 Pro and Radeon 9000.

As the official releases were expected on the day before, there was some confusion, as ATI website had novelties published after several new cards have been officially presented.

Still, the main event has happened and new products will soon appear in retail. Radeon 9000 Pro and Radeon 9000 based cards are expected in August, Radeon 9700 solutions — in September.

I guess there´s no sense in describing new Radeon 9000 Pro and Radeon 9000 chips here, as there´s a nice article ATI RADEON 9000 Pro — consumer shaders on our website.

Here are the brief specifications of the high-end Radeon 9700:

  • Codename: R300
  • Transistor amount: over 110 million
  • Process technology: 0.15 micron
  • Design: FCBGA packge, over 1000 contacts
  • Core clock rate: 300 MHz and higher
  • 256-bit DDR memory support
  • Memory clock rate: 300 MHz (600 νηΓ DDR) and higher
  • Up to 256 MB supported
  • AGP 8x support
  • Integrated 165 MHz TMDS transmitter
  • Two integrated CRT controllers
  • Two integrated 400 MHz RAMDAC, 10 bit per color, HDTV supporting TV-out, up to 1024x768
  • 8 pixel pipelines, up to 16 textures per pass
  • DirectX 9 support
  • Pixel and Vertex shaders 2.0
  • FPPU
  • 10 bit per channel frame buffer
  • 4 parallel vertex shader blocks
  • Displacement mapping
  • Smoothvision 2.0, HyperZ III, Smartshader 2.0, Videoshader 2.0 support
  • Recommended price: ATI RADEON 9700, 128 MB DDR, DVI-I, VGA and TV-out $399

So, the new graphics chips generation, new product competition, new tests, new fierce upgrade discussions. And our congratulations. :-)

TIPA awards 2002-2003

TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) annoucned the results of European Photo & Imaging Awards 2002-2003. The following products are the best in these nominations:
  • Best Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM
  • Best Innovative Technology: Foveon X3
  • Best Design: DiMAGE X
  • Best Digital Consumer Camera: Canon PowerShot S40
  • Best Digital Prosumer Camera: Olympus Camedia E-20
  • Best SLR Digital: Canon EOS-1D
  • Best Digital Professional Product: Kodak ProBack 645
  • Best Photo Printer: Epson Stylus Photo 2100
  • Best Consumer Software: Apple iPhoto 1.1
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