August 19th, 2004, 10:37 AM
ATi's Mobile Radeon 9800 Brings Desktop Graphics Ambitions to the Mobile Party
Six months after ATi launched its Mobility Radeon 9700, the Canadian developers are pulling the next graphics ace from their sleeve - the MR9800. According to ATi, this extremely short development time is the result of bundling its development staff into two development teams, the desktop and the mobile group. While the desktop group focused primarily on the development of the graphics features, the mobile group's assignment was to integrate these features and develop the power management for the individual function blocks.
The result is a graphics chip with which the Canadian manufacturer is appealing to the relatively small but exclusive target group of mobile gaming enthusiasts. It follows that you will not find this chip in just any garden-variety notebook, but rather only in notebooks for hard-core gamers on the go. We're talking about desktop replacement systems that, with a weight of more than three to four kilograms, are not so much portable as they are transportable.
Just like its predecessor, the MR9700, the MR9800 will be available in notebooks on the same day of its launch. The Canadian pixel wizards picked Dell as its exclusive partner for the first four weeks after the MR9800's launch. In other words, in August, only specific notebook models from Dell, namely the Inspiron XPS (USA) and the Inspiron 9100 (Europe), will be available with the new processor.
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