Sydney - September 10, 2002 - Continuing its close involvement with Intel's platform development, ATI today announced that it has joined Intel's Developer Network for PCI Express. Working closely with Intel's engineering team, ATI helped develop the specification for PCI Express technology, which is intended to become the industry standard graphics bus interface for Intel-based PCs and workstations over the next few years.
PCI Express provides greater bandwidth with its higher performance and advanced architecture as well as new features, including Virtual channels, Quality of Service, and Isochrony that make it an ideal graphics interconnect for ATI's next-generation industry-revolutionising graphics technologies. The increased complexity and programmability of graphics cards like the new RADEON 9700 PRO demand more bandwidth to deliver the cinematic-quality, life-like images rendered in real time that Intel's PCI Express-based platforms will deliver in the near future.
"Intel's technology leadership and close working relationship with ATI's engineers has been of significant benefit to both the evolution of PCI Express technology as an industry standard and our own development of PCI Express architecture based products," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop. "Our participation in Intel's Developer Network for PCI Express demonstrates our continuing commitment to work closely with Intel's engineering team, with the end goal of providing the best graphics products that will maximise the benefits from technological advancements like PCI Express technology."
Growing out of its active involvement in the Arapahoe Work Group, formed to develop the new PCI Express specification, ATI's membership in Intel's Developer Network keeps it at the forefront of technology leadership. The network will allow computer manufacturers and customers to better understand and implement the new standard bus interface specifications for their products.
"As a leader in innovative graphics products based on technologies that break new ground", said Jason Ziller, Technology Initiatives Manager at Intel Corporation. "We are pleased to be of assistance to ATI in their development of PCI Express based graphics products that will make superlative end-user visualisation experience possible."
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With 2001 revenues in excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).