Windows XP ready RADEON™ 7500 graphics board shipping with suggested list price of just (US) $199
ATI's technology redefines mainstream performance and value
MARKHAM, Ontario –
ATI Technologies Inc. (TSE:ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT), a world leader in the supply of graphics, video and multimedia solutions, announced today that the RADEON™ 7500 graphics board, an outstanding combination of performance, innovative 3D features and real value, is shipping to retail outlets in North America at a manufacturers' suggested retail price of just (US) $199.
The RADEON 7500 graphics board is Windows XP ready, supporting Microsoft Corp.'s new and ground-breaking operating system that will be available for purchase on October 25, 2001. Customers who buy a RADEON 7500 now and Windows XP on October 25 will be able to download Windows XP drivers from http://www.ati.com that same day and immediately enjoy the productivity benefits a Windows XP-enabled RADEON 7500 graphics board can provide.
“Windows XP is the best Windows operating system for experiencing digital movies, digital photography and digital video,” said Charmaine Gravning, Windows XP product manager at Microsoft. “The combination of Windows XP and the RADEON 7500 will enable users to create, connect and communicate with ease in the digital forum.”
“At just $199, the overall value proposition associated with the RADEON 7500 – processor speed, 3D performance and price – is unparalleled,” said Deanna Perkins, Product Manager, RADEON 7500, Desktop Marketing, ATI Technologies Inc. “Complemented by the productivity-rich Windows XP operating system on October 25, the RADEON 7500 graphics board is going to be the ideal solution for personal and business computing in the mainstream segment.”
The RADEON 7500 offers consumers a mainstream solution with a set of standard features typically associated with premium-level graphics boards. It also offers users a level of performance not seen before at this price point, incorporating a core clock speed of 290MHz (megahertz) and a memory clock speed of 230MHz, 64MB DDR (dual data rate) and uses ATI's patented HYPER Z™ technology to boost effective memory bandwidth by 20 percent. As a result, the RADEON 7500 can access up to 8.8GB/sec (gigabytes per second) of effective memory bandwidth. The RADEON 7500 delivers up to a 60 percent improvement in performance compared to the previous generation of RADEON high-performance processors(1).
The RADEON 7500 also features flexible multiple-display support, enabling users to hook up an additional VGA (video graphics array), digital flat panel (DVI) monitor or send their display out to a TV. ATI's HydraVision™ software enables users to easily manage their multiple displays to increase productivity. Users can read and write e-mail on one display while working on a document on the other, spread one application (such as a long spreadsheet) across both displays or more effectively use photo and video editing applications.
RADEON 7500 also supports Microsoft's Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000® operating system environments as well as DirectX 8.0 and OpenGL 1.2.
RADEON 7500 will be available worldwide beginning October 1.