News about the Radeon 2 from ATí
ATI is said to be demonstrating the first executable samples of the Radeon 2 at Computex in Taiwan next week. But probably not for everyone, but only for a select group of employees from leading graphics card manufacturers.
This is probably mainly due to the new strategy of ATI, which now want to sell their chips to other manufacturers. In order to achieve this, the chips must of course also be presented to the manufacturers, preferably as early as possible. The chip is said to be revision A3, which means that ATI is still fully on schedule. Mass production is slated to begin in September. However, it is sometimes even said that ATI has already started production in order to have enough models in stock when the new chip is presented in September. In order to declare war on nVidia, the cards are also to come onto the market at a 'hammer price'. So far, no exact technical data about the Radeon 2 has been made public. However, the chip should be manufactured using 0.15 µm technology and have four rendering pipelines. It is suitable for dual monitor operation and clocked at 250 MHz. Otherwise only the use of Truform rendering technology has been confirmed so far. It is not yet clear whether there will be a low-cost version of the Radeon 2, similar to the nVidia GeForce2 MX cards. Some rumors also indicate that ATI has already signed a contract with a motherboard manufacturer who wants to use the Radeon 2 on its motherboards. It will hopefully soon become apparent whether these statements are true or whether it is just a matter of promoting the mood for ATI.