ATI’s RV550 to merge GPU and video processor

ATI looks to have a new mainstream card up its sleeve, and this one
should cater to home theater PC users who intend to run Windows Vista. ATI slides nabbed by HKEPC reveal
an upcoming RV550 part
that incorporates both a Radeon X1000-class
graphics processor and a Xilleon-based dedicated video processor inside
a single chip. The Xilleon is itself a
single-chip solution for devices like set top boxes and digital TVs; it
includes a MIPS processor, high-definition video decoder, audio decoder,
I/O, and a host of other features.

According to the slides, the RV550’s integrated video processor will allow
it to handle “worst case” Blu-ray and HD DVD playback when paired with a
mainstream CPU. The RV550’s graphics processor may not be too shabby for
a mainstream part, either: it’ll be clocked at 600MHz with four pixel
shader processors, 800MHz GDDR2 memory, and a 128-bit memory bus. In
addition to the merged video decoding and graphics processing
capabilities, HKEPC says ATI is encouraging its partners to include both
High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and HDMI output support in
their RV550-based products. These products are due to enter production
in December, the slides say.

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    • sigher
    • 13 years ago

    “robust pathway for content protection”

    • sydbot
    • 13 years ago

    should this post be saying “AMD’s RV550…”? just saying that kinda feels sooo right

    • Fearless Leader
    • 13 years ago

    Yeah, I thought the GPU was doing the video processing (ALA ATI’s AVIVO). I wonder how the UVD fits into this pipeline. I’m also a little confused as to how this is to be marketed, since it seems a little under-powered for games. Doesn’t need to be the best of the best, but HTPC people like to play games, too. 😉 If it can decode Blu-ray and HD-DVD at 1080P, it should at least be able to do games at that resolution with anti-aliasing. I’m not sure the specs of this card can do that though.

      • GodsMadClown
      • 13 years ago

      It will be the impressive solution that can do decent framerates at that 1080p in a power budget that would be appropriate to an HTPC system. I have a 1080p panel downstairs, and I’d love to find a GPU that would let me play modern games at the native res for <$300, and with a power draw that doesn’t require loud cooling.

        • sigher
        • 13 years ago

        “four pixel shader processors, 800MHz GDDR2 memory, and a 128-bit memory bus”
        So that’s struggling with modern games at 640×480 res…

          • Beomagi
          • 13 years ago

          you’d be surprised at the level of playability you get nowadays from budget cards like the 7300. Sure it’s not cranked up, but It’s quite decent.

      • danazar
      • 13 years ago

      No, no, a thousand times NO.


        • Beomagi
        • 13 years ago

        y[< #5, No, no, a thousand times NO.<]y y[

    • GodsMadClown
    • 13 years ago

    Indeed. Let this cascade down over the next couple of years, and AMD/ATI could have some very marketable widgets to put in lots of gadgets.

    • albundy
    • 13 years ago

    i always thought the gpu was also doing video processing…

    • Zubrik
    • 13 years ago

    Integrate the Theater 650 Pro in there and we have the ultimate multimedia video card.


    • DrDillyBar
    • 13 years ago

    Nice convergence.

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