ATI Technologies Inc. announced the availability of a new chipset family for AMD desktop platforms - the Radeon Xpress 200 series. Radeon Xpress 200 provides AMD customers with a platform for enthusiast gaming, high definition home entertainment, and enterprise computing. The chipset series supports Socket 754 and 939 AMD desktop processors and is comprised of the Radeon Xpress 200 with integrated graphics and the pin-compatible Radeon Xpress 200P, which allows for high performance add-in graphics. With the introduction of the Radeon Xpress 200 series, ATI is delivering its fourth generation chipset and providing systems integrators and OEMs with choice, flexibility, and performance in the design of next-generation AMD-based desktop PCs.
Radeon Xpress will be available from leading platform technology manufacturers and OEMs such as: HP, Medion AG, Falcon Northwest, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Acorp, Shuttle Computer, Jetway, Soyo, ECS, Tul, FIC, and PC Partner.
Based on Radeon X300 core technology, users will be able to use features including Vertex Shader 2.0, Pixel Shader 2.0, and improved anti-aliasing capabilities. The graphics power of the Radeon X200 is backed up by Catalyst, a WHQL-certified graphics driver. In addition, through ATI's HyperMemory technology, Radeon Xpress onboard graphics are further accelerated with up to 128 MB of system memory.
Radeon Xpress 200 also delivers a new level of platform connectivity and performance with such features as: - Connectivity through four SATA ports with RAID 0 and 1 support, eight USB ports, one PCIe 16X graphics slot and four PCIe 1X slots - Rich multimedia with support for high definition audio, onboard DVI and VGA outputs for multi-monitor support, and ATI's LCD Enhancement Engine for improved LCD response time - PCI Express-based Gigabit Ethernet, VPU recover, TPM 1.1 and 1.2 authentication, and support for AMD virus protection - Support for up to 1Ghz HyperTransport with additional overclocking flexibility
Through supporting end-to-end PCI Express connectivity Radeon Xpress can integrate third party southbridges for specialized solutions.