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ATI's 3D Gaming Chip For Cellphones

By Julio Franco · 9 replies
Jan 7, 2004
  1. Press Release: Playing truly 3D enabled games on cellphones is now possible thanks to the new IMAGEON™ 2300 multimedia and graphics family of co-processors from ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT). Introduced today, these new co-processors enable game developers to go beyond simplistic game design approaches and give users complete freedom of movement, and visually rich 3D gaming experiences.

    ATI’s IMAGEON 2300 media co-processor is currently sampling. Mass production shipments will start in Q1 2004. ATI Technologies will exhibit its handheld products at International CES 2004, Las Vegas Convention Center.
  2. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 361

    What do you think this "card" will do...
    DirectX 6? 7? 8? 8.1? 9??
    Or perhaps Ogl?
    Or simply software rendering at high speed? i'd really like to know what "viasually rich 3d gaming experiences" mean
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6


    DirectX.. I doubt it would be worth it to implement a bloated closed standard in embedded devices.
  4. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 361

    I still wonder which dx generation... though it'd be nice to see what is this chip further capable of
  5. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Well, as it doesn't support DX, the closest thing you might find is what features from the diff DX gen's it supports...

    But I doubt you'll find any direct comparison...
    From what I've read so far, it's a mix of several DX version from 3 to 6 or 7, when you look at features...

    The thing to remember is that this is a first gen phone/pda chip, and as such won't support all the latest features due to conservative watt req's alongside a way different target compared to pc/console...
  6. tripleione

    tripleione TS Rookie Posts: 154

    Yeah... I'm thinking ATi is trying to break free from the software giant's grasp by using a "royalty-free" API, OpenGL ES. I believe in layman's terms, that means they aren't having to pay money to MS for DirectX.
  7. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 361

    Imagine a Pda with a radeon 9800XT :p
  8. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    I don't know.....call me lame but I've got enough issues with people on cell phones when they're driving. Damned if I want to see any playing games while they're driving. :hotbounce
  9. Federelli

    Federelli TS Rookie Posts: 361

    Aren't there laws for that yet?
  10. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    They're sporadic. I think we're supposed to see them here......but when, I don't know.
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