More ATI chipset details emerge

The Inquirer is reporting that ATI's RS300 chipset is drawing closer. The RS300 will reportedly support Intel's new 800MHz front side bus and feature an integrated RV280 graphics chip. Apparently, the terms of ATI's chipset license prevent it from producing chipsets without integrated graphics, which means that the RS300 will likely be more appropriate for OEM and small form factor systems. I wouldn't be surprised to see the RS300 end up in "desknote" systems, either.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like ATI has its next generation south bridge chip ready yet. Manufacturers will be forced to use the older IXP 200 and 250 south bridge chips, which really don't have the integrated peripherals to compete with VIA's VT8237 and Intel's ICH5.

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