Originally set to be released in the fourth quarter of 2006, ATI's first DirectX 10-compliant graphics product is now more than a quarter late. In addition to technology-related issues, Henri Richard, the sales chief at Advanced Micro Devices, said that his company could have started to ship the long-anticipated code-named ATI R600 cards any time, but the world's second largest maker of x86 microprocessors decided to wait until the more affordable derivative graphics chips get to a commercial release point and the whole lineup of DirectX 10-compatible products can be shipped.
"The R600 will be out in the second quarter. The reason we decided to delay the launch was that we wanted to have a complete DX10-enabled solutions top-to-bottom. A lot of people wrote that the reason it is delayed is because of a problem with the silicon, but there is no problem with the silicon. We are demonstrating it. We can ship it today. But if you think about it, looking at where the market is at, the volumes are going to be in the RV610 and RV630, so it makes sense for us to do a one time launch of the entire family of DX10 enabled products," said Henri Richard in an interview with Hardware Zone web-site. Specifications of ATI R600 published by a web-site earlier resemble specs revealed by some other sources back in mid-2006, but are not identical:
- 64 4-Way SIMD Unified Shaders, 128 Shader Operations/Cycle;
- 32 texture mapping units, 16 raster operation units;
- 512-bit memory interface full 32 bit per chip connection;
- 150W – 230W thermal power envelope;
Source:→ Xbit LaboratoriesAMD, Ship, Shipment, R600, Processor