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Tuesday, February 6, 2001
ATi Mobility Radeon Revealed
1:17 PM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Yesterday, ATi issued a press release announcing the Mobility Radeon, which they touted as "the highest performance, most feature-rich mobile graphics processor in the world." Despite it's name, the Mobility Radeon does not use the same core as its desktop-dwelling cousin. Instead, it merely "borrows" features from it. The Mobility Radeon features one pixel pipeline (the desktop Radeon has two) with three texture units, ATi's bandwith-saving technology Hyper-Z, and has support for 64 MB of DDR-memory operating at up to 200 MHz. The higher end of these specifications will probably not be used by manufacturers, in order to cut down on cost and power consumption. Although this mobile chip does not have a geometry engine like NVIDIA's Geforce2Go, it does consume less power than it's competitor.

Today, MacCentral talks with Darren McPhee, product manager at ATi, about the new Mobility Radeon. Here is what he had to say about the possibility of Apple including their new chips in their PowerBooks:

"I can't comment on Apple," said McPhee. "Obviously, though, we've had a great relationship with Apple on the mobile side. And if you look at our market share, you'll recognize that we work with the leading computer manufacturers in the world."
Traditionally, Apple has used ATi's latest and greatest graphics chip in their high-end portables. It would come as no surprise to us if the Mobility Radeon makes it into a future revision of the PowerBook G4. For a more in-depth look, check out SharkyExtreme's preview. What do you think of the Mobility Radeon, and of its chances of appearing in Apple's high-end mobile hardware? Sound off in IMG's Hardware Forums.

Mobility Radeon Press Release
Mobility Radeon Preview at SharkyExtreme
IMG Hardware Forum
ATI discusses Mobility Radeon

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