MARKHAM, ON, August 22, 2002 – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) began shipping the RADEON(tm) 9700 PRO to retailers on August 19, and will appear on shelves soon. Based on the highly acclaimed RADEON(tm) 9700 series visual processing unit (VPU), the RADEON 9700 PRO is revolutionizing the graphics industry with its break-neck speed and cinematic-quality graphics.
“Today’s highly competitive graphics industry does not tolerate companies announcing a product and waiting up to six months to ship it,” said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. “ATI’s delivery on its promise to deliver the RADEON 9700 PRO to market quickly attests to the company’s flawless execution strategy and its leadership in the graphics space.”
Boasting many industry firsts, the RADEON 9700 represents the new foundation for the future of graphics, enabling cinematic-quality previously possible only with off line real time rendering. This new foundation is defined by breakthrough features including eight parallel rendering pipelines, Microsoft(r) DirectX(r) 9 support, AGP 8X support and a fully programmable floating point architecture.
The RADEON 9700 PRO vastly exceeds the performance of any other product on the market in every key area and will be the most sought-after graphics board for the holiday season. Among its pioneering advancements, the RADEON 9700 PRO includes 128-bit floating point raster pipeline, over 110 million transistors, four vertex engines and ATI’s SMARTSHADER(tm) 2.0 and SMOOTHVISION(tm) 2.0 technologies for unprecedented realism.