These cores will support PS3.0, currently an Nvidia monopoly. This has been the main point of attack for Nvidia against ATI, and many major titles such as Far Cry and Painkiller are being patched to take advantage of the more efficient rendering path.
The new cores are almost taped out, and in order to hedge bets, both cores have been designed at both .13 and .09. Using this strategy, depends on wafer yields at the time of mass production.
The new cores will not take on the big boys head on, but are instead intended to go toe to toe with the 6600 GT/X700 level of cards. Because of the technical difficulties and yield issues with 16 pipelines, XGI has decided to go with a lower number that has not been disclosed at this time.
As for the dual core capability of these chips as built into the Volari line of cards, the core is capable of multi-core operation but XGI has not decided whether or not to pursue a dual GPU solution. µ
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