AMD Introduces Radeon HD 2000 GPU Series
AMD today introduced the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series, a top-to-bottom line of ten discrete graphics processors for both desktop and mobile platforms.
The ATI Radeon HD 2000 series of products introduces DirectX 10 gaming. The line-up boasts many innovations, including a second-generation Unified Shader Architecture (USA), a 512 Mbit memory bus designed, and new Unified Video Decoder (UVD) technology. The mid-range and entry-level GPUs use an energy-efficient 65 nm process technology and achieve silent, passive cooling, and lower power consumption.
Cards on new GPUs are optimized for dynamic geometry acceleration, complex pixel processing and expanded non-graphical compute capabilities for more advanced characters and animation, more detailed environments, and more realistic real-world physics simulations. The ATI Radeon HD 2000 series also features native ATI CrossFire technology.
In addition to gaming, the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series supports ATI Avivo HD technology. The aforementioned UVD handles HD multimedia, allowing consumers to watch the latest HD DVD and Blu-ray discs.
The ATI Radeon HD 2000 series offer a new simplified video and sound solution through HDMI, making it easy to switch between watching content on a high-definition television and working at a monitor as only a single cable is needed for both video and audio.
Available immediately, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT is expected to be priced at USD $399 (SEP) including Team Fortress 2, Portal, and Half-Life 2: Episode Two from Valve (when they become available).
Rounding out the family are the entry-level and mid-range ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 series. The ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 cards are scheduled to ship in late June with pricing to be announced.
Numerous add-in-board partners including Asus, Club3D, Diamond Multimedia, GeCube, Gigabyte, HIS, MSI, Palit, PowerColor, Sapphire and VisionTek will offer ATI Radeon HD 2000 series graphics cards. System integrators worldwide, including Falcon Northwest, Maingear, Vadim, and Velocity Micro, will also be supporting the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series bringing gaming platforms to market.
For graphics performance on the go, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 series offers its capabilities for high-end mobile systems. While the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 series is intended for thin and light notebooks. Value price range is covered with the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300.
Notebooks from OEM partners including Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, LG, Packard Bell, Samsung, and Toshiba, and ODM whitebook partners including Arima, ASUS, ECS, First International Computer Inc., and MSI, will be available beginning in May.
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