ATI AMD Chipset Roadmap Detailed
Anh Tuan Huynh
October 9, 2006 12:30 PM
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Spanish technology website
has the scoop on ATI’s latest chipset roadmap
. The roadmap outlines new details on ATI’s upcoming
RS690, RX690, RD550, RD790, RX790, RS790
series of chipsets
which are both integrated graphics products. There isn’t much mention of official product names for
yet, however, the roadmap hints towards Radeon Xpress 1250 and Radeon Xpress 1200 for
respectively. Both integrated graphics chipsets feature a Radeon X700 derived graphics core with support for AVIVO technology. AVIVO features such as vector adaptive de-interlacing and advanced downscaling are supported for an improved media PC experience. The graphics core is equipped with four pixel-pipelines as well.
There’s very little difference between the
, with the exception of native HDMI support.
includes support for HDMI output while the
removes it for lower costs. Derived from the
is the upcoming
is ATI’s single PCI-Express x16 slot solution for the enthusiast that doesn’t want support for ATI’s CrossFire multi-GPU technology. The
chipset will be completely pin compatible with
. There’s no mention when
will be available, however
availability is expected in November.
In a move to push the
CrossFire Xpress 1600 down to a value level,
ATI will release
for the less than $100 market. This will move
CrossFire Xpress 1600 motherboards down to the $60 price point and leave
CrossFire Xpress 3200 at the $120+ price point. ATI has named
CrossFire Xpress 3100.
is based off of ATI’s high-end
CrossFire Xpress 3200
but lacks the dual full-speed PCI Express x16 configuration. ATI is aiming to take on NVIDIA’s nForce 570 SLI with RD550 CrossFire Xpress 3100.
Further down the product roadmap are the
RD790, RX790, RS790
chipsets. These chipsets will arrive in the second half of 2007 and first half of 2008.
will be the first to arrive and will carry the CrossFire Xpress moniker. This will be a high end enthusiast chipset with support for
AMD’s 4x4 platform
. It will support socket 1207 processors, AMD’s Hyper Transport 3.0 specification and quad-core processors. Four graphics cards and PCI Express 2.0 will be supported as well. Replacing the upcoming
will be the
will be a single graphics slot product with support for Hyper Transport 3.0.
On the integrated graphics side of things will be
. These two chipsets will feature an integrated graphics, though it is unknown which graphics core it will be derived from.
will be the high end integrated graphics offering with support for Microsoft’s upcoming DirectX 10 architecture.
ATI’s Universal Video Decoder
is also supported.
will have a DirectX 9 graphics core and no support for ATI’s UVD.
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You don't need DX10 to display aero, you need DX10 to use all the features of aero and to allow mutliple apps to have threads running on the gpu.
DX9 only allows one app to use the GPU at once. So right now with a DX9 card and Vista if you open a program that use the gpu (Java apps and most media players) Vista give up control of the GPU and reverts to the basic color scheme and lets that program take control of the GPU. DX10 GPUs will allow mutliple apps to run through it at once, so Vista will be able to have aero runnign at the same time as other programs that are using the GPU at the same time.
I think this is why Windows will now be managing the memory (and paging graphic memory with DX10) and other resources on the GPU, like it dos with system resources. I believe DX10 requires some major architectural changes from DX9, as well as major updates to drivers (WWMD), to make all this happen.
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