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ATI officially announces RADEON 9800 PRO, RADEON 9600 and RADEON 9200

ATI Technologies officially announced three new desktop "VPUs": RADEON 9800 PRO, RADEON 9600 and RADEON 9200. So, "R350" codename is a thing of the past from now on.

High-end 0.15-micron RADEON 9800 PRO to replace RADEON 9700 PRO feature 110 million transistors, 256-bit memory bus, AGP 8X, 128/256Mb DDR SDRAM, 8 pixel pipelines and 4 programmable geometry engines and support Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL. They naturally support SMARTSHADER (v2.1; up to 65280 FP instructions), SMOOTHVISION (v2.1, 2/4/8/16x FSAA, 2/4/6x anisotropic filtering), and new F-buffer technology. The chip also features two 10-bit 400MHz RAMDAC, supporting dual-monitor configurations at up to 2048x1536 and wide-format modes up to 1920x1080/848x480.

0.13-micron RADEON 9600 support DirectX 9, but feature only 4 pixel and 2 vertex pipelines. RADEON 9200 chips are mainstream DirectX 8.1 solutions.

Pricing and shipment information is unavailable at the moment, but, according to the press-release, Gateway, Fujitsu Siemens and NEC have already announced systems on these: Gateway has chosen RADEON 9800 PRO for 700XL series; Fujitsu Siemens will use RADEON 9200, RADEON 9600 and RADEON 9800 Scaleo PCs; NEC will use RADEON 9200 in Packard Bell line, RADEON 9800 PRO – in NEC iSelect line. Besides ATI, new cards be also produced by Connect3D, FIC, Gigabyte, Hercules, Hightech, PowerColor, Sapphire, Tyan, Visiontek, Wistron and YUAN.

P.S. And here’s a link to the official RADEON 9800 PRO demo: ATI RADEON 9800 Graphics Technology.

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