ATI Technologies Readies New R430, RV410 Graphics Chips@ 2004/07/12
According to a report from DigiTimes, ATI will launch production of its code-named R430 and RV410 graphics processors this quarter. Both chips are likely to have micro-architecture similar to that used in today’s RADEON X800-series graphics processors and native support of PCI Express interconnection. Typically, ATI Technologies positions its “R” chips to serve high-end and performance-mainstream markets, while the “RV” graphics processors are intended for entry-level and mainstream segments.
Technical specifications of ATI’s code-named R430 and RV410 chips are not disclosed at this time. Due to the insignificant change of the code-name from the current high-end offering previously code-named R420, the difference between the currently available RADEON X800 PRO as well as RADEON X800 XT products and code-named R430 chip may not be substantial. Last year ATI introduced graphics processor internally called R360 (RADEON 9800 XT) that had the same feature-set, but higher clock-speed compared to the previously launched R350 (RADEON 9800 PRO).
Thinner manufacturing technologies are used to cut-down the manufacturing costs and possibly increase clock-speed of complex processors. It is not clear whether the R430 is a cost-effective version of R420 or its speed-bin with higher potential.
ATI already uses TSMC’s 0.11 micron process technology to produce its entry-level RADEON X300-series graphics chips.
Usually lower end graphics chips feature less pixel and vertex pipes and have commonly cut-down architecture compared to the more expensive parts. Today’s high-performance visual processing units from ATI feature 16 or 12 pixel as well as 6 vertex pipelines. Less powerful RV410 chip may have 8 or 4 pixel pipelines along with 6 or fewer vertex pipes.
ATI’s competitor No.1, NVIDIA Corporation, is also preparing a number of new chips for high-end, mainstream and entry-level market segments to enter in the second half of the year.
Representatives for ATI Technologies did not comment on the story