Q1 200
4

Q2 200
4
H2 2004
NVIDIANV40 (0.13, AGP
8X)
NV36X (PCI Express x16)
NV33 (AGP 8X)
NV41 (PCI Express
x16)
NV42 (PCI Express x16)
NV43 (PCI Express x16)
NV45 (PCI Express
x16, 2x Performance of R9800)
ATiR420 (0.13, Low
K, 160M transistors, AGP 8X)
R380/RV380 (PCI Express x16)
R370/RV370 (0.11, PCI Express x16)
R423 (PCI Express
x16)
R450
(PCI Express x16)
DirectX Class
DX9+(Shader 3.0)

ATI is expected to enter volume production of its R420
graphics chip core as early as the end of the first quarter. The R420 will be
fabricated at TSMC using a low-k process technology. The graphics chip core is
expected to boast 160 million transistors and support an AGP 8x bus and GDDR3
memory architecture. Nvidia is expected to launch its NV40 around the same time.
The two graphics chip giants both chose to use the more mature 0.13-micron
manufacturing processes for their high-end products. This may be due to concerns
about performance stability and production costs. ATI is said to be using a
0.11-micron process for production of its mainstream RV370 graphics chip


 
Q1 200
4

Q2 200
4
H2 2004
NVIDIANV40 (0.13, AGP
8X)
NV36X (PCI Express x16)
NV33 (AGP 8X)
NV41 (PCI Express
x16)
NV42 (PCI Express x16)
NV43 (PCI Express x16)
NV45 (PCI Express
x16, 2x Performance of R9800)
ATiR420 (0.13, Low
K, 160M transistors, AGP 8X)
R380/RV380 (PCI Express x16)
R370/RV370 (0.11, PCI Express x16)
R423 (PCI Express
x16)
R450
(PCI Express x16)
DirectX Class
DX9+(Shader 3.0)

ATI is expected to enter volume production of its R420
graphics chip core as early as the end of the first quarter. The R420 will be
fabricated at TSMC using a low-k process technology. The graphics chip core is
expected to boast 160 million transistors and support an AGP 8x bus and GDDR3
memory architecture. Nvidia is expected to launch its NV40 around the same time.
The two graphics chip giants both chose to use the more mature 0.13-micron
manufacturing processes for their high-end products. This may be due to concerns
about performance stability and production costs. ATI is said to be using a
0.11-micron process for production of its mainstream RV370 graphics chip