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ATI readies RS600 south bridge

Board samples before Computex
Wed Apr 12 2006, 11:33
ATI will soon be ready with its new south bridge chip. The chip marketing outfit was heavily criticised for its USB performance in its current south bridge, the SB450, but this will be improved in the new chip.

The firm needed to come up with a new south bridge sharpish. It had been using one supplied by ULI, but that firm has now been bought up by ATI arch-rival Nvidia.

We hear that there should be working retail motherboard samples based on RD580 north bridge and RS600 south bridge around May, and you should see a bunch of these boards at Computex.

There is a bit of a shortage in the chipset business so you can pretty much sell any south bridge you have, but ATI needed to improve its south bridge to match the competition, as we are talking about the super high-end chipsets here. µ


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