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Radeon ICs bring HD gaming, video to notebooks

Posted: 10 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Radeon? graphics processors? GPU? high-definition gaming? Blu-ray?

Advanced Micro Devices has introduced the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series, a new family of graphics processors for high-definition gaming and video in notebooks. The initial offerings consist of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 series and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600 series. The new graphics processor series is optimized for the upcoming AMD notebook platform, code-named "Puma", to deliver "The Ultimate Visual Experience".

The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series offers support for Microsoft DirectX 10.1 by enabling a higher level of visual quality through new lighting and rendering techniques designed to enhance the realism and quality of 3D games. It also provides PCIe 2.0 support, enabling faster throughput and greater overall system performance as compared to PCIe 1.1, making it suitable for high-performance gamers.

Notebook users can play the latest Blu-ray and HD DVD movies in full-HD 1,080p resolution (HD display required) using ATI Avivo HD Technology which frees the CPU for other tasks. ATI Avivo HD features an enhanced version of AMD's Unified Video Decoder (UVD) offering full hardware acceleration of video decode for smooth playback of full 1,080p content from HD DVD and Blu-ray movies and optimum power efficiency for long battery life

With a choice of digital outputs, notebook users can connect to a variety of displays featuring DVI, HDMI and the first next-generation DisplayPort support on a notebook platform. These new notebook graphics chips are said to provide breakthrough battery efficiency and excellent performance-per-watt thanks to ATI PowerPlay Technology that provides an optimal balance between performance and power.

AMD is showcasing the upcoming notebook platform, code named "Puma" at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). AMD plans to introduce "Puma" in Q2. In "Puma," the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series graphics will join AMD Turion Ultra notebook processors and the upcoming AMD RS780 chipset to deliver power-efficient mobility.

- Gina Roos

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