This week at CES 2008 AMD announced that their family of graphics processors for high-definition gaming and video has gone mobile with the introduction of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series, which the company claims is optimized for the forthcoming notebook platform Puma.
The initial graphics offerings consist of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 series and the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600 series processors, both featuring support for DirectX 10.1 graphics, PCI Express 2.0 connectivity, and Avivo HD video acceleration, plus built-in support for DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort digital display outputs.
Though intended to be a centerpiece of the Puma platform, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 and 3600 series are currently shipping in notebooks from Asustek including the M50 and F8 series. Additional products are scheduled for availability from notebook manufacturers in the second quarter of 2008, when the Puma platform launches.
In Puma, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series graphics will join AMD Turion Ultra notebook processors and the forthcoming RS780 chipset to enable Hybrid CrossFire capability, which will either boost graphics performance or save power by allowing users to switch between or combine integrated and discrete graphics.