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ATI Announces Powerful New Radeon Lineup
ATI announced a new line of graphics processor in its Radeon family, made up of the Radeon 9000, Radeon 9000 Pro and Radeon 9700. The Radeon 9000 and Radeon 9000 Pro, w...
ATI announced a new line of graphics processor in its Radeon family, made up of the Radeon 9000, Radeon 9000 Pro and Radeon 9700. The Radeon 9000 and Radeon 9000 Pro, which targeted mainstream users, include the following features:
Four parallel rendering pipelines
Programmable pixel and vertex shaders that leverage new features in DirectX 8.1
Support for multiple monitors
New "Fullstream" technology that leverages pixel shaders to accelerate video and improve the quality and scalability of streaming video.
The Radeon 9000 Pro features 64MB of DDR memory and has a suggested retail price of $149.
The Radeon 9700, which targets the high-end market, is the first PC processor developed by ATI's west coast development team -- which includes the former ArtX team that developed the graphics system for the Gamecube. The Radeon 9700 features the following:
Eight parallel rendering pipelines
Support for up to 16 textures per rendering pass and vertex programs of up to 1,024 instructions with flow control
AGP 8X support
A fully programmable floating point architecture
A 256-bit DDR memory interface.
The 9700 will ship with 128 MB DDR memory, and has a suggested retail price of $399.
Products using the Radeon 9000 and Radeon 9000 Pro are available immediately, and Radeon 9700 products will ship in August.