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Next generation ATI video cards won't need a Master Card...

Internal ATI memos and roadmaps have revealed to us that the next generation 80nm RV570 and RV560 GPUs will not require a master card to operate in Crossfire mode.  Both GPUs have on-board Crossfire support, meaning they are both effectively "masters." 

Without master cards, ATI will also be dropping the external Crossfire TDMS transmitter.  Radeon X1300 and Radeon X1600 require neither the dongle nor master cards to operate in Crossfire mode, but they are relatively low end cards as well.  Unfortunately, all is not beer and Skittles: the same memos claiming RV570 and RV560 have on-chip Crossfire support also claim that the chips may require a PCB bridge to really operate in full Crossfire mode.  This is extremely similar to NVIDIA's SLI implementation. 

These memos also reveal to us that due to the on-chip Crossfire will allow the possibility of multi-GPU dice and packaging.  Several manufacturers attempted multiple GPUs on a single card over the last couple years with very minimal success.

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By danidentity on 2/21/2006 10:33:42 AM , Rating: 2
FYI, 'dice' is not the correct term for the plural of die when talking about CPU dies. 'Dice' only refers to the cube you play board games with. 'Dies' is the correct pluralization of CPU die.

RE: Dice?
By KristopherKubicki on 2/21/2006 10:38:31 AM , Rating: 2
Dice is fine. If you go through the etymology... die are actually *diced* from the wafer.

"Dies" is used more often, but "die" is also used to refer to multiple die. English is a moving target, all three are correct.

RE: Dice?
By Furen on 2/21/2006 10:44:32 AM , Rating: 3
You are indeed correct if you are referring to mechanical dies. People in the industry, however, chose to refer to these as dice in plural. I suppose this was a mistake at first (since a semi-conductor die has more in common with a mechanical one than it does with a playing die) but became the norm and, thus, is the correct term.

RE: Dice?
By swishbish33 on 2/21/2006 3:51:27 PM , Rating: 2
And grammar teachers everwhere died a little inside...

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