ATi Takes On 80 nm & GDDR4
ATi’s Asia Pacific Marketng Manager Mr. Edward Chow was interviwed. He expressed that ATi will not release Quad CrossFire in the near future. They will however concentrate on improving single card and CrossFire performance. The higher clocked R580+, mated with highspeed GDDR4, is one such product. It will be the first consumer graphics accelerator to run on GDDR4 memory.
There have been rumours that ATi’s attempt at switching to the 80 nm manufacturing process has been halted due to unforseen problems. Today, HKEPC interviewed ATi’s Asia Pacific Marketing Manager Mr. Edward Chow and inquired on their development of GPUs on the 80 nm process. According to Edward, ATi has already shipped a test batch of 80 nm GPUs from TSMC with good yield rates. ATi engineers are tweaking their designs for the final phase of production and we should be able to see 80 nm GPUs from ATi in Quarter 3 of 2006. The initial 80 nm products will cover the mainstream and lowend market.
HKEPC also asked Edward about the upcoming Computex. Edward revealed that RV560 and RV570 would not be officially displayed at Computex. There may however, be a remote possibility that product samples makes its way to the show. According to Edward, ATi would not announce much new products at Computex, but rather they’d concentrate on demonstrating ATi’s physics calculation techniques. Edward said that ATi’s physics calculation would be far more flexible than nVIDIA’s, while promising good performance. The flexibility lie in the fact that there is no need for using two identical cards to enable shared-load physics calculation (one X1900 can be used with a X1600 for this purpose)CThis is unlike nVIDIA’s SLI-Physics, which requires two identical cards to be operational.
HKEPC also hinted Edward on the nVDIA Geforce 7950GX2 and Quad SLi products. Edward was asked on whether ATi would come up with a similar Quad GPU concept. Edward expressed that the Quad GPU technique is yet mature, and benefits only show up in high resolutions, and is therefore uneconomic to use. As such, ATi will not release Quad CrossFire in the near future. They will however concentrate on improving single card and CrossFire performance. The higher clocked R580+, mated with highspeed GDDR4, is one such product. It will be the first consumer graphics accelerator to run on gDDR4 memory.