ATI introduces Radeon® 9700 PRO graphics board based on newly introduced GPU architecture
Radeon® 9700 PRO delivers double the performance
of any graphics card available
Wednesday, August 7, 2002
MARKHAM, ON - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT)
today announced the addition of the Radeon 9700 PRO
graphics board, featuring the Radeon 9700 PRO visual
processing unit (GPU), to its successful retail lineup. Based
on the Radeon 9700 series GPUs introduced in July, the Radeon
9700 PRO board will deliver breakneck performance to the gaming
and enthusiast market.
"In this fast paced industry, customers demand that
products ship soon after announcement," said Rick Bergman,
Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop,
ATI Technologies Inc. "We are on target for our mid-August
shipping date, when customers will be able to experience first
hand the major innovations that the Radeon 9700 GPUs deliver
to gaming and the computer graphics industry."
Featuring eight parallel rendering pipelines, complete Microsoft®
DirectX® 9 support, AGP 8X support and a fully programmable
floating point architecture, the Radeon 9700 PRO leads the
industry into a new era of cinematic-quality real time graphics.
- ATI's feature-rich Radeon 9700 PRO retail offering includes:
- 128MB of DDR memory;
- Dual-display configuration
including VGA, DVI-I and s-video connectors with independent
resolutions and refresh rates for any two connected displays;
- Fast engine (325MHz) and memory (620MHz) clock
- Catalyst software support including WHQL
(Windows Hardware Quality Labs) certified driver and Hydravision
desktop management software;
- Radeon 9700 PRO visual processing unit featuring
SmartShader 2.0, SmoothVision 2.0, HyperZ
III, and VideoShader technologies; and
- Suggested retail price of US$399.
The Radeon 9700 PRO has been selected as the official graphics
card of QuakeCon 2002. Competitors in ATI's Quake and Return
to Castle Wolfenstein Tournaments will compete on systems
powered by the Radeon 9700 PRO, the fastest, most feature-rich
graphics solution available.
ATI will begin shipping the Radeon 9700 PRO board to retail
customers and distributors beginning August 19, where it will
join the recently introduced Radeon 9000 PRO, and ATI's other
strong retail products in stores and online. Radeon 9700 PRO
boards will be available from ATI's board partners later this
Other retail products based on the Radeon 9700 and Radeon
9000 architectures will be introduced later this year.
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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 delivers leading-edge
performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop
and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top box, game console
and handheld markets. With 2001 revenues in excess of US $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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