ATI has used the foundry services of TSMC and a 0.11-micron manufacturing process to produce a PCI-Express graphics processor based on the X Architecture manufacturing approach. ATI’s chip is the first commercial device to use the technology. Use of the X Architecture can reduce chip costs, increase performance and lower power consumption in comparison with a chip produced only with north-south, east-west interconnect, according to its supporters. A number of companies have experimented with the X Architecture and produced test chips over several years, but ATI’s chip appears to be the first one intended to enter volume production late in 2005.

ATI has used the foundry services of TSMC and a 0.11-micron manufacturing process to produce a PCI-Express graphics processor based on the X Architecture manufacturing approach. ATI’s chip is the first commercial device to use the technology. Use of the X Architecture can reduce chip costs, increase performance and lower power consumption in comparison with a chip produced only with north-south, east-west interconnect, according to its supporters. A number of companies have experimented with the X Architecture and produced test chips over several years, but ATI’s chip appears to be the first one intended to enter volume production late in 2005.