ATI Technologies has adopted aggressive pricing to promote its new integrated graphics solution, the Radeon 9100 PRO IGP (RS350) chipset, according to sources at Taiwanese motherboard makers. The RS350, which was officially launched in Barcelona, Spain on May 5, will be priced at the same level as its predecessor, the Radeon 9100 IGP, the sources said. Although the RS350 is capable of supporting both Socket 478 and LGA 775 Pentium 4 processors, local makers said that their motherboards, built using the 9100 PRO IPG, will initially only support Socket 478 processors. The Radeon 9100 PRO IGP, which doesn't support PCI Express technology, will be available in late May or early June, the sources said.
ATI's new integrated graphics chipset that will offer support for PCI Express, the RS400, is expected to hit the market in the mid-third quarter, said the sources. In related news, local makers said that ATI's new graphics chip, the Radeon X800 PRO, will not be available through retailers till the end of May, instead of immediately, as some sources have suggested.
News source: DigiTimes