MARKHAM, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 2006-- Gamers and multimedia enthusiasts alike will be delighted by the
launch and immediate availability of the Radeon X1900 graphics
processor from ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT). With the
most advanced and complete set of features, PCI Express
add-in-cards based on the Radeon X1900 GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
will, without question, be the cards of choice for gamers looking for
the best performance and for multimedia enthusiasts looking for a
high-performance, high-quality digital media experience.
The Radeon X1900 XT and Radeon X1900 XTX are must-have cards
for gamers. They deliver the best performance, with three times the
shader performance than the previous generation. The parallel
architecture -- with 48 pixel shader processors -- generates rich,
vibrant scenes, bringing games to life. Combined with the cards' high
clock frequencies, the architecture is capable of more than half a
TeraFLOP of shader computations. In real-life gaming that can mean
games run up to 60 percent faster on the Radeon X1900 XTX than the
nearest competing product.
But the architecture isn't just about brute force performance, it
also delivers the industry's best image quality including the ability
to apply advanced features such as antialiasing and high dynamic range
lighting simultaneously - capabilities exclusive to ATI. The Radeon
X1900 also features ATI's Avivo technologies which ensure optimal
image quality, connectivity and HD video capabilities.
"The desktop graphics market was worth $1.39 billion in Q3'04, and
ATI is clearly going after it with the launch of the Radeon X1900
products," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president, Jon Peddie Associates, the
market research in Tiburon, CA, that tracks the PC graphics chip
market. "Not only have they delivered the fastest graphics card, they
have made it available immediately at launch and in good quantities
around the world. We expect this new board to be very well received."
For gamers who want the ultimate in gaming, ATI is also
introducing the Radeon X1900 CrossFire for multi-GPU systems.
Combined with either the Radeon X1900 XT or Radeon X1900 XTX, the
Radeon X1900 CrossFire gives gamers access to even more performance
and image quality.
The Radeon X1900 XT, Radeon X1900 XTX and Radeon X1900 CrossFire
are shipping immediately from ATI and its board partners around the
world. The Radeon X1900 XT has a suggested retail price of USD$549 and
the Radeon X1900 XTX has a suggested retail price of USD$649. These
prices are well below that of competing products. The Radeon X1900
CrossFire has a suggested retail price of USD$599. ATI has already
shipped many thousands of Radeon X1900 GPUs to partners and into the
Also launching today is the All-In-Wonder X1900, which joins
ATI's multimedia product family that spans nearly 10 years of market
leadership. ATI's fastest multimedia video card delivers outstanding
graphics performance while enabling Avivo technologies for the
best possible video and image quality. All-In-Wonder X1900 comes
bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 Plus Adobe
Premiere Elements 2.0 software -- award-winning photo and video
editing recognized for exceptional photo and video features.
All-In-Wonder X1900 also includes ATI's award winning software
application Multimedia Center, Remote Wonder Plus (for
wireless computer control, Gemstar GuidePlus+ program scheduling in
North America, European program guide for DVB-T broadcasts, input and
output cables, support for Windows XP Media Center and more.
All-In-Wonder X1900 has a manufacturers suggested retail price of
USD$499 and is available now from ATI.com in North America and by
mid-February in Europe from major online stores.
"All of the Radeon X1900 products raise the bar in so many ways.
They deliver the best performance, they offer image quality features
unavailable from any other company and they are widely available,"
said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PC
Business, ATI Technologies Inc. "ATI committed to delivering the best
products with this launch and has definitely followed through."
All of the Radeon X1900 products are supported by ATI's Catalyst
suite of software, ensuring customers have easy and ongoing access to
software updates for performance, stability and added features. The
Radeon X1900 products will also help customers prepare for the
upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
Source: ATI Press Release