R360, RV360 taped out?
Hot on the heels of NVIDIA's stunning GeForce FX 5900 Ultra launch, The Inquirer is reporting that ATI's upcoming R360 and RV360 graphics chips have taped out and will be available to its graphics partners in early July. According to the story, the high-end R360 will be built using 0.15-micron process technology, while the mid-range RV360 will be built using more advanced 0.13-micron technology. Because the R360 will apparently rely on older 0.15-micron process technology, I wouldn't expect much in the way of a core clock speed bump.
Given the fact that graphics cards based on ATI's current generation of R350- and RV350-based graphics cards are only just becoming readily available to consumers, it feels a little early for a product refresh. Still, it makes sense that ATI would want to massage its graphics lineup to yield the best possible performance in Doom 3, which may require a few hardware tweaks in addition to a driver refresh.