Originally Published: Tuesday, 25 April 2000 Author: Jeff Mrochuk
Published to: news_enhance_games/Games News Page: 1/1 - [Std View]

ATI Launches RADEON 256

ATI announces the RADEON 256, what could be the fastest video card to date, and Linux drivers to boot. Click the topic for more.

ATI has just announc d their newest card, the RADEON 256. Some specs from the press release:
  • Most advanced graphics chip ever designed, featuring 30 million transistors, in an .18 micron technology, giving it a higher transistor count than CPUs such as the Pentium III and Athlon.
  • First chip to support up to 128MB of double-data rate (DDR) memory at 200MHz
  • ATI's Charisma Engine[tm] which incorporates a 30 million triangle per second geometry engine as well a radical new 3D character animation techniques
  • First graphics chip to break through the Gigatexel barrier with an awesome 1.5 Gigatexel per second rendering engine
  • First PC graphics chip to include an on-chip hardware HDTV decoder
  • As well, the following statement about drivers was made:
    RADEON 256 provides industry-leading accelerated support for all major graphics APIs, including DirectX 7 and OpenGL 1.2, as well as all major operating systems including Windows, Linux and MAC