Canada Kicks Ass

ATI, Nvidia battle for speed lead
Date: Thursday, January 30 2003
Topic: International News

The speed race in the graphics chip market will enter another leg next month, which has ATI Technologies likely to announce a new chip and the first products using Nvidia's GeForce FX set to go on sale. Analysts expect ATI to announce the new chip, code-named R350, within the next few weeks.

The Canadian graphics chipmaker took the speed lead last year with the introduction of the Radeon 9700, the first graphics chip to take advantage of new programming capabilities built into DirectX 9, the latest version of Microsoft's library of PC graphics instructions.

The R350 will use the same basic design as the 9700 but will be built on the 0.13-micron chipmaking process, said Mercury Research analyst Dean McCarron.

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