ATI announced the availability of a powerful new chipset family for AMD
desktop platforms – the RADEON® XPRESS 200 series. Built on the principles of
performance, connectivity and reliability, RADEON XPRESS 200 provides AMD
customers with a best-in-class platform for enthusiast gaming, high definition
home entertainment, and rock-solid enterprise computing. The chipset series
supports Socket 754 and 939 AMD desktop processors and is comprised of the
RADEON XPRESS 200 with integrated graphics and the pin-compatible RADEON XPRESS
200P, which allows for high performance add-in graphics.

Leveraging the power of ATI discrete graphics processing, RADEON XPRESS 200
delivers ATI’s next generation of industry leading integrated graphics. Based on
RADEON X300 core technology, users benefit from a variety of features including
Vertex Shader 2.0, Pixel Shader 2.0 and improved anti-aliasing capabilities. The
graphics power of the RADEON X200 is backed up by CATALYST, the most stable WHQL-certified
graphics driver on the market today. In addition, through ATI’s innovative
HyperMemory technology, RADEON XPRESS onboard graphics are further accelerated
with up to 128 MB of system memory.

ATI Technologies Inc, today announced the availability of a powerful new
chipset family for AMD desktop platforms – the RADEON® XPRESS 200 series. Built
on the principles of performance, connectivity and reliability, RADEON XPRESS
200 provides AMD customers with a best-in-class platform for enthusiast gaming,
high definition home entertainment, and rock-solid enterprise computing. The
chipset series supports Socket 754 and 939 AMD desktop processors and is
comprised of the RADEON XPRESS 200 with integrated graphics and the
pin-compatible RADEON XPRESS 200P, which allows for high performance add-in
graphics. With the introduction of the RADEON XPRESS 200 series, ATI is
delivering its fourth generation chipset and providing systems integrators and
OEMs with unparalleled levels of choice, flexibility and performance in the
design of next-generation AMD-based desktop PCs.

RADEON XPRESS is planned to be available from leading platform technology
manufacturers and OEMs including, HP, Medion AG, Falcon Northwest, Asus, MSI,
Gigabyte, Acorp, Shuttle Computer, Jetway, Soyo, ECS, Tul, FIC, and PC Partner.

“By introducing the industry’s first AMD-based DirectX 9 chipset with
integrated graphics, AMD Athlon 64 processor-based RADEON XPRESS systems provide
a very attractive proposition to extend new value to the consumer and commercial
desktop,” said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president, AMD’s Microprocessor
Business Unit, Computation Products Group. “Through partnering with ATI on the
design of this platform, we have a family of leading-edge PCI Express chipsets
to help PC users embrace 64-bit computing for visually stunning graphics and
plug-and-play access to the latest multimedia devices.”

Falcon Northwest, a custom computer maker serving the enthusiast and PC gamer
markets, recently selected the RADEON XPRESS 200P for its next-generation AMD
PCI Express small form factor gaming platform.

“In building our next-generation FragBox, we needed a solution that provided
us with an optimal blend of performance, reliability and power management for
small form factor gaming platforms,” said Kelt Reeves, President, Falcon
Northwest. “By selecting RADEON XPRESS 200P we can build on platform technology
that embraces these attributes and provides our users a best-in-class PCI
Express gaming experience for AMD Athlon 64.”

Leveraging the power of ATI discrete graphics processing, RADEON XPRESS 200
delivers ATI’s next generation of industry leading integrated graphics. Based on
RADEON X300 core technology, users benefit from a variety of features including
Vertex Shader 2.0, Pixel Shader 2.0 and improved anti-aliasing capabilities. The
graphics power of the RADEON X200 is backed up by CATALYST, the most stable WHQL-certified
graphics driver on the market today. In addition, through ATI’s innovative
HyperMemory technology, RADEON XPRESS onboard graphics are further accelerated
with up to 128 MB of system memory.

“As the market begins a widespread transition to PCI Express, the desktop PC
will begin to be redefined as a hub for home entertainment and multimedia
communications,” said Roger Kay, vice president Client Computing, IDC. “By
introducing PCI Express chipsets for AMD with integrated DirectX 9 graphics, ATI
is providing AMD customers with investment protection and a smooth upgrade path
to next-generation applications and operating systems.”

“By working with AMD through every step in the design process we have
developed a chipset that is highly scalable, with enough flexibility to address
the needs of OEM customers and the enthusiast community,” said Phil Eisler,
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Chipset Business Unit, ATI
Technologies. “Already shipping in volume, RADEON XPRESS is poised to catapult
ATI into the leadership position for AMD-based PCI Express platform technology.”

In addition to the industry’s fastest integrated graphics solution, RADEON
XPRESS 200 delivers a new level of platform connectivity and performance with
such features as:

  • Broad connectivity through four SATA ports with RAID 0 and 1 support,
    eight USB ports, one PCIe 16X graphics slot and four PCIe 1X slots
  • Rich multimedia with support for high definition audio, onboard DVI and
    VGA outputs for multi-monitor support and ATI’s LCD Enhancement Engine for
    improved LCD response time
  • High reliability through PCI Express-based Gigabit Ethernet, VPU recover,
    TPM 1.1 and 1.2 authentication, and support for AMD virus protection Support
    for up to 1Ghz HyperTransport with additional overclocking flexibility
  • Through supporting end-to-end PCI Express connectivity RADEON XPRESS
    allows for simplified integration of third party southbridges for specialized
    solutions.

"The partnership with ATI, the leader in visual imaging, aligns well with our
business strategy to increase market share in the PC core logic segment,” said
Alex Kuo, president of ULi Electronics Inc. “The combination of ATi’s powerful
RADEON XPRESS series of chipsets and ULi’s highly integrated M1573 South Bridges
presents a multitude of platform solutions with unprecedented performance and
features to support all the latest 32-bit and 64-bit mainstream CPUs.”