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ATI readies RV530 and RV515

Cards under evaluation
Thu Aug 11 2005, 07:44
BOTH RV530 and RV515 cards are ready. For those who don't recognise them, these are ATI codenames and RV530 is a mainstream card while RV515 is low end. Both cards are 90 nanometre, taped out and quite ready. And guess what? Both cards support Shader Model 3.0 and should have some H.264 acceleration as well.

We will soon start talking about pipeline numbers, memory and those other details but that's still a grey area. We do know that ATI is actually stockpiling these cards as it can not release them before its potential flagship R520 comes out.

You have to release the high end and later you go out and support it with mainstream and entry level cards. If you think about it you cannot release RV530 and RV515 until you sell all of the X800 and X700 as those cards are Shader Model 2.0 only. If ATI did that, it would kill all sales of those cards.

We know that some of these cards are floating off the shores of Taiwan as ATI is happy that it can show them off. But they are all on hold until sometime in Octobar or until ATI finally releases its R520 for the general public and follows up with mainstream and low end entry level parts mentioned before, the RV530 and RV515.

So the company finds itself in something of a tricky situation. µ


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