ATI RS700 - DirectX 10 On Board
The release of new integrated ATI RS600 IGP is expected only next month, but the sources, close to motherboard manufacturers, are already shedding light upon its successor RS700.
This chipset will fully support DirectX 10 and Shader Model 4.0. At that graphics core will feature the same unified shader processor architecture, as the rumoured discrete R600. Avivo will migrate to RS700 from its predecessor that will be ATI's flagship until the mid-2007.
RS700 will be made using 65nm process technology. They won't have to redesign RS600 motherboards due to pin-compatibility.
Thus it becomes clear that we won't see an integrated DirectX 9.0c / Shader Model 3.0 solution from ATI, as RS600 is said to feature a Radeon X700 based graphics core. Though, perhaps, up-to-date integrated graphics is not that critical for the top-end solutions capable of handling two or even three powerful discrete graphics cards. Unless ATI actually migrates physics calculations to integrated graphics cores...
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