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ATI Technologies Inc. announced five new graphics chips on Wednesday, refreshing its X800 graphics line and adding a new option, the X850.ATI Technologies Inc. announced five new graphics chips on Wednesday, refreshing its X800 graphics line and adding a new option, the X850.
ATI re-introduced the X800 and said it would ship an upgraded X800 XL part for the $250-$350 price segment, according to one analyst. ATI claimed that the X850, meanwhile, would offer 20 percent higher performance than the fastest part from Nvidia Corp., ATI's rival. All of the parts are designed for the PCI Express bus.
ATI typically introduces brand-new architectures in the spring, then refreshes the parts in the fall with architectural tweaks and speed enhancements.
According to Andrew Root, an analyst at Goldman Sachs, the new X800 is manufactured on TSMc's 0.11-micron fabrication lines, a shrink of the process technology which will enable faster speeds or lower power consumption. It will also alleviate some of the supply constraints that Nvidia is currently suffering from, Root wrote in a note to clients.