Engineering and Creative Professionals Benefit from Parallel Processing and High Bandwidth Architecture
MARKHAM, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2003-- ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ATYT)(TSX:ATY) today announced that the FIRE GL(TM) X1-256 workstation graphics accelerator, featuring 256MB of DDR memory, dual DVI output, and an AGP Pro50 bus, is available on IA-32 based HP Workstations xw5000, xw6000 and xw8000.
Powered by ATI's revolutionary FGL(TM) 9700 Visual Processing Unit
(VPU) with a 128-bit floating point rendering pipeline, four geometry
engines and eight parallel pixel pipes, the FIRE GL X1-256 is designed
to deliver the precision and performance demanded by CAD
(computer-aided design), DCC (digital content creation) and other
professional 3D applications.
"The fusion of HP's system architecture with ATI's leading
workstation graphics technology should provide users with some of the
most feature-rich platforms available," said Dinesh Sharma, Director
of Workstation Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "The FIRE GL X1-256
offers robust power and an innovative architecture to artists,
developers and engineers who want to create and refine digital content
at unprecedented levels of versatility, quality and speed."
The FIRE GL X1-256 supports AGP 8X, and is designed to provide a
two-way high-speed interface between the graphics subsystem and the
workstation. This 2.1 GB/sec bandwidth is designed to empower
professional users to work with larger datasets than ever before
without sacrificing performance. In addition, a 256-bit graphics
memory interface specified at a 19.8 GB/sec transfer rate, should
enable multiple large textures to be rendered in real-time.
"HP's IA-32 based workstations with ATI's FIRE GL X1-256
accelerators are designed to provide the power, reliability and image
quality required by professional users," said Jim Zafarana, Vice
President and Worldwide Marketing Manager, HP Workstation Global
Business Unit. "The inclusion of ATI's technology is consistent with
HP's quality initiatives and is another milestone in our Leadership
Graphics Program, which assists our workstation customers with
advanced, tested and certified graphics solutions."
In addition to full Microsoft(R) Windows Hardware Quality Labs
(WHQL) certification, the FIRE GL X1-256 is certified for the leading
CAD, DCC, AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) CFD
(computational fluid dynamics), and visual simulation applications.
The FIRE GL X1-256 accelerates OpenGL(R) 1.3 with 1.4 extensions, and
should be fully compliant with OpenGL 2.0. Complete driver support is
available for Windows and Linux operating systems. Microsoft DirectX
9.0 support is currently scheduled to be available in May 2003.
The FIRE GL X1-256 features innovative ATI technologies including
SMARTSHADER(TM) 2.0, which is designed to allow developers to create
more complex visual effects and SMOOTHVISION(TM) 2.0, which should
enhance image quality by removing jagged edges and bringing out fine
texture detail. The FIRE GL X1-256 is intended to support full scene
antialiasing with 6x oversampling for the highest level of visual
The large frame buffer of the FIRE GL X1-256 should drive dual
DVI-I displays or dual analog displays at a maximum resolution of 2048
x 1536 per screen. In addition, quad-buffered stereo 3D is supported.
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About ATI Technologies
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and
manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon
solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost
visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver
leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac
desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital
television, game console and handheld markets. With 2002 revenues in
excess of $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the
Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT)
and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).
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