ATI releases new Intel mobile chipset
The rumor mill is grinding about ATI's purported plans to stop making Intel chipsets, but the red team's Intel core logic business is still very much alive. One whole day after the retail introduction of Intel's mobile Core 2 Duo processors, the Canadian company has launched a new Radeon Xpress 1250 chipset for Intel notebooks. The chipset integrates DirectX 9.0-class graphics with hardware acceleration support for H.264 video, HDMI output, and TV-Out for video formats up to 720p and 1080i. The chipset also features a PCI Express x16 graphics interface as well as ATI's SB600 south bridge, which supports four 300MB/s Serial ATA ports and external eSATA capability.
ATI says NEC is already integrating the Radeon Xpress 1250 core logic into its new LaVie L Advanced Type notebooks in Japan. No word yet on when the chipset will make it into notebooks for the U.S. market.