Issue: Week of March 7, 2003


MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Manufacturer of graphics processing cars ATI Technologies ( has released three new graphics cards for desktop PCs. Each product targets different markets from the high-end user to mainstream consumer.

The Radeon 9800 is designed for high-end graphics users, the 9600 series includes some high-end features at a price that will appeal to a broader market and the 9200 is meant for mainstream users.

The 9800 features 256-bit memory interface and eight pixel pipelines to deliver realtime graphics, programmable shader engines, full floating point precision and support for the latest Microsoft, DirectX and OpenGL feature sets.

In other ATI news, the company is collaborating visual processing developer 3Dlabs to accelerate the deverlopment of the RenderMonkey shader development tool suite, which is available for free from both companies. Under the terms of the agreement, ATI will continue to evolve the core RenderMonkey framework and both companies will develop plug-ins that support tha shading languages of DirectX HLSL and OpenGL. RenderMonkey is a hardware independent tool suite that advances shader programs in 3D applications