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ATI R516, low end goes to 80 nanometres

Nvidia is 90, ATI goes for 80
Mon Apr 03 2006, 10:17
JUST weeks after Nvdia finally managed to move to 90 nanometres, ATI has released its plans to shrink its dies to 80 nanometres. We already talked about R580+, RV560 and RV570 and now it is the time to write about the entry level RV516 chip. It is again an 80 nanometre shrink and will be the RV515 chip.

We have to remind you that this chip has been a great seller for ATI and this chip actually gives Nvidia's 6200 and especially the 7300 really hard time. It is just selling better as the price is right and the market accepts it.

RV516 will be even more profitable for ATI as the chip tends to be roughly 20 percent smaller and therefore cheaper. It will end up cheaper if the yields are good, but there is a good chance that for some time you will be able to buy both RV515 also known as X1300 generation and the new 80 nanometre RV516.

Those chips should be ready around Computex, June time and samples should be out in May. µ


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