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2002-02-08, 21:43:23
Angeregt durch den Medienwirbel um Nvidias neue Wunderwaffe habe ich ein bisschen im Internet recherchiert, was denn ATI in den nächsten Wochen und Monaten zu bieten haben könnte. Folgende Roadmap, die naturbedingt völlig unverbindlich ist, kam dabei heraus:

Ende Febr./März 2002:

- Radeon 8500 128 MB erhältlich

(Preis $299, also 340 Euro steht bereits fest, 128 MB, 0.15 micron, 275 Mhz/275 Mhz)

- Radeon 8500LE 128 MB (250/250) für $199/230 Euro erhältlich

März 2002:

- Radeon 8500XT 128 MB 300/300 wird auf CEBIT-Messe vorgestellt

- RV250 (R8800?) 128 MB 350/350 wird auf CEBIT-Messe vorgestellt

(diese beiden Karten basieren auf dem Radeon8500-Kern, 0.15 micron, Preis noch unbekannt, erhältlich im April/Mai?)

Mitte Mai 2002:

- R300 wird von ATI angekündigt

(0.13 micron, 128 MB, 400/400, DX9-Unterstützung, erhältlich im Spätsommer/Herbst?)

2002-02-11, 14:12:26
Die Quellen, auf die sich meine Recherchen stützten, stellen sich als ziemlich brauchbar und zuverlässig heraus.

Xbitlabs meldet heute Folgendes:

ATI to Announce RADEON 8500XT and RV250 in March
Posted 2/10/02 at 6:47 pm by Rat

According to this Chinese source, ATI will announce a new RADEON 8500XT graphics card and a new RV250 chip in March, at the CeBIT show. The official name, which will be assigned to RV250 is said to be RADEON 8800. Although this name of RV250 implies that this chip will have some architectural differences distinguishing it from RADEON 8500, we still know nothing about it. Maybe these differences will lie with the improved T&L unit, however, we don’t have any evidence proving this information.

The cards built on RADEON 8500XT and RADEON 8800 will be equipped with 128MB high-speed DDR SDRAM, and the chips will be made with 0.15micron manufacturing technology. The chip and memory frequency of RADEON 8500XT cards will equal 300MHz, and of RADEON 8800 cards – 350MHz.

As for the next generation R300 chip, ATI is going to showcase its first samples only in May. The announcement of this GPU supposedly getting the name RADEON 9x00 will take place only in early autumn. There is a great lot of info about R300 features and specs, however, I would doubt its credibility, especially since there is a good lot of time left before the launching, and many things may change. Nevertheless, R300 will evidently be a DirectX 9.0 compatible solution supporting Vertex Shader 2.0 and Pixel Shader 2.0. R300 chips will be manufactured with 0.13micron technology and will work at 350-400Mhz frequency. ATI is most likely to disclose some details about its upcoming R300 to the developers during the CeBIT show. So, we are all waiting impatiently for the more detailed and reliable info in the nearest future.