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ATi demonstrates new chipset

ATi demonstrates new chipset

At this year's Comdex in Las Vegas in autumn 2001, the Canadian graphics chip and graphics card manufacturer ATi presented a new mainboard chipset called A3 to the public, which, if everything goes according to plan, will be officially announced in early 2002.

The A3 will be a new generation of chipset from ATi, which is designed for Athlon and Duron systems. It will have an integrated graphics unit based on the well-known Radeon with T&L engine. ATi also relies on proven DDR SDRAM according to PC2100 and PC1600 standards as memory. In direct comparison with the nForce chipset from nVidia, this will not necessarily be able to keep up in terms of performance, but it can boast a few advantages elsewhere. On the one hand, it will be cheaper than nVidia's chipset, it will produce less waste heat and it can also come up with an integrated frequency generator so that the mainboard manufacturers do not have to resort to other solutions. The development of their own mainboards is therefore a bit easier for manufacturers and is already generating great interest.

Furthermore ATi confirms that they are also working on their own Pentium 4 chipset. This is by no means surprising, as ATi signed a patent agreement with Intel for the introduction of the Pentium 4, which expressly allows the company to develop such a solution. This chipset is slated to appear in the second half of next year. As main memory, it will also support memory according to the PC2700 standard with a clock rate of 333MHz. The R200, which currently forms the basis of the Radeon 8500, will be used as the graphics unit. But first you should wait for the A3 to start. Because even at nVidia there were delays in the completion of the nForce due to problems, which ATi could well encounter.