ATI shows off RS600 IGP chipset for Intel
HKEPC has the scoop on a new
ATI integrated graphics chipset that has been showcased at Computex.
The RS600 supports Core 2 Duo processors, DDR2 and DDR3 memory, and its
graphics subsystem reportedly features a new graphics core twice as fast
as the older Radeon Xpress
200. Support for Avivo—ATI's video processing engine—is
also said to be included, along with support for High-bandwidth Digital
Content Protection, which should enable high-definition playback of
encrypted Blu-ray and HD-DVD media. HKEPC says the RS600 chipset could
support an HDMI output in the future, as well. ATI is expected to make
the RS600 available between July and August, right in time for the
expected desktop Core 2 Duo launch.
In addition to the RS600, DigiTimes reports that ATI also displayed a
couple of other new Intel chipsets at Computex—the RD600 and
RD500. Not much is said about the RD500, but HKEPC posted some slides concerning the RD600
last week. The slides revealed features like automatic PCI Express
overclocking, support for front side bus speeds up to 1,500 MHz, and
triple PCI-E x16 slots. The latter will likely come in handy for ATI's
GPU-based physics implementation,
which can harness the power of three Radeon X1000-series graphics cards
to handle graphics and physics in a 2:1 configuration.