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Date: November 29th, 2006
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: ATI
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ATI / AMD CORPORATE PROFILE


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 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).


The New AMD: A Processing Powerhouse


On October 25, 2006, AMD and ATI joined forces in a transaction that combines AMD's technology leadership in microprocessors with ATI's strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result is a processing powerhouse: a new competitor, better equipped to drive growth, innovation and choice for its customers in commercial and mobile computing segments and in rapidly-growing consumer electronics segments.


Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with centers of excellence around the world, the new company has a combined workforce of approximately 14,900 employees. This transaction breaks new ground for both companies and is expected to provide increased customer benefits in four key areas.

 

PRODUCT INTRODUCTION



With AMD's recent purchase of ATI, the promise of new technology is always something to look forward to. But what also comes about is the fact that changes are always made and one of them was in the multimedia department.


It is official, the king of all videocards has been terminated.


The employees have left, the office closed and the best multimedia videocard on the market will be no more. AMD's focus on only straight videocards in my mind is one of the most ridiculous business decisions ever made in the videocard market. The All-in-Wonder line is an industry leader with not one competitor within a hundred miles. What AMD is aiming to do is market the videocard and the TV separately and this is for one reason.....Corporate Greed.


Yes, they will make more money off of having the consumer purchase the products separately and is another reason why this takeover has left a bitter taste in my mouth and in the mouths of the 1000s of All-in-Wonder users around the globe. AMD for some reason does see that they will be handing a market over to Nvidia who will take advantage of it if they have some business sense.


So this is the last release of an All-in-Wonder videocard. The AIW X1900 is the fastest and last version release to take advantage of and it definitely fit into anyone's new computer without issue. The X1900 core will easily supply enough speed and gaming capability for even the latest games. The one thing is that it is only 256meg which can be seen as a little low for a recent card, but should only show a difference while playing the most graphically intense games available today.


You still get all the toys that make this card an swiss army knife solution for your multimedia needs. With TV, Radio, VIVO and countless other abilities, you will see how this card is an absolute joy to own and use.


As said before, once you are an All-in-Wonder user, you will never go back.....well....unless they can the card altogether. *sigh*

 

ATI RADEON X1900 CHIPSET INFORMATION (From ATI)



Radeon® X1900 Graphics Technology – Overview


Radeon® X1900 Series — ATI's Fastest Graphics Processor


Is your rig ready for the onslaught of next generation games? It will be with the Radeon® X1900—ATI's fastest consumer graphics processor.


Designed from the ground up to deliver maximum graphical detail at the best possible frame rates, the Radeon X1900's state-of-the-art architecture includes an ultra-threaded engine for unparalleled shader performance. In addition, it is CrossFire™ ready, allowing your greatest multi-GPU fantasies to come true.


The Radeon X1900 ups the ante with Avivo™ video and display technology delivering movies, games, and photos in high-definition format with stunning color and realism.


ATI's Fastest Consumer Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)


The Radeon X1900 conquers the competition with brute force and massive parallelism, including an ultra-threaded engine, high speed memory support, and 90 nanometer technology.

  • New ultra-threaded engine cranks up performance for a significant improvement over our previous generation GPU

    The Radeon X1900's ultra-threaded engine has 48 individual pixel shader processors and supports incredibly fast memory clock speeds.

  • Ultra-efficient memory controller squeezes out every last drop of visual detail from your games

    Efficient use of memory permits rapid transmission of graphics data. The Radeon X1900's new ring-bus memory controller provides optimal memory usage for enhanced performance.

  • 90 nanometer technology = maximum performance

    Industry-leading 90 nanometer technology has allowed our engineers to pack more features into the graphics chip, resulting in faster frame rates and incredible performance improvements.

 

Advanced Lighting Contours and Color Detail


The Radeon X1900 promises the world's fastest shader performance 1 in Shader Model 3.0 applications. ATI allows you to experience simultaneous HDR and advanced anti-aliasing effects for incredible enhancements to lighting contour and colour details, delivering the ultimate in visually immersive 3D gaming.

  • Get your box geared up for the future of games with blazing fast shader performance and watch your characters sweat with Shader Model 3.0

    Shaders create the surface properties of 3D objects. The Radeon X1900 has 48 shader processors that work in parallel with Shader Model 3.0 to render complex object surfaces—such as glistening sweat on a character's skin—with 128-bit floating point precision.

  • Take the edge off of jagged wires and strands of hair with advanced adaptive anti-aliasing, and experience realistic lighting through HDR technology

    The Radeon® X1K family are the only graphics boards on the market to combine Full Screen Antialiasing (FSAA)—the most advanced anti-aliasing technique in the world—with high dynamic range (HDR) technology. HDR mimics the function of the human eye by allowing for a broader range of colors within a scene. This allows for more color, giving a wider spectrum of lighting effects and providing realistic shadows around buildings or landscape. This added color detail and lighting effect gives you a more true-to-life gaming experience with realistic settings and sequences.

  • Unite the power of two graphics cards to accelerate your games even further with CrossFire, our acclaimed multi-GPU solution

    Radeon X1900 series allows you to get incredible gaming performance by adding a Radeon X1900 Crossfire Edition graphics card for ultra fast performance that works with all games, all the time.



Beyond games


There's more to PC graphics than games, and Avivo — video and display perfection — makes sure you experience it all. Avivo promises a high definition amphitheatre visual experience, delivering sharper photos, smoother video, true-to-life image representation, and universal display connectivity.

  • High-definition images come to life with remarkable clarity and over 1 billion colors

    Avivo's 10-bit-per-color display engine renders more than one billion colors, resulting in images that are clean, sharp, and incredibly realistic.

  • Avivo's flexible connectivity allows you to create your ideal display set-up

    In addition to supporting multiple monitor environments and accommodating virtually any type of display, Avivo can allow your PC to become the core of your home theater by leveraging ATI's Xillion and Theater technologies, which are found inside many of today's best digital TVs.

  • Avivo uses the same technologies present in digital TVs to deliver HD image quality for a high-end home theatre experience

    Avivo uses proprietary video scaling technology to display crystal clear images on high resolution displays. Movies and images sent to your display will be hardware accelerated for superb, stutter-free viewing.


 

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