ATI's R500 next year, R480 later this quarter

By on October 1, 2004, 6:37 PM
ATI is expected to ready its graphics processor codenamed R500 by the first quarter of next year. Namely, this will be the GPU powering the Xbox 2 when it's released.

The R500 will be built using a 90nm process at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and will deliver performance similar to ATIís next-generation high-end graphics chip, the R520, the sources said.

DigiTimes also reports the R480 is due to launch before the end of this year. As we reported just yesterday, neither NVIDIA nor ATI seemed to have plans to upgrade to high-end graphics products this year, but with Radeon X800's 0.11u chip counterpart around the corner, they may be in position of releasing yet another higher clocked version of the X800.

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---agissi--- said:
What happened to the whole no new hardware this year?
Julio said:
The fact that the new 0.11u chip has taped out doesn't mean they will get new cards out in store shelves this holiday season.
---agissi--- said:
[quote]R480 later this quarter[/quote]
Julio said:
Once again, that doesn't necessarily mean new products... ATI obviously wants to move onto a smaller chip process to cut costs and increase clock frequencies. So they could simply replace current chips in X800s to these transparently to the user, or they could use them into a new model and sell for a premium.
werty316 said:
Sweet maybe there will be a price drop so I can upgrade.
Julio said:
I think that's exactly what manufacturers are avoiding by not releasing any new products :blackeye: 8)
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