5/10/2001: Last Matrox the development of his graphic chip G550
According to the well informed boys of The Register, apparently Matrox is ultimando the details of his next graphic chip G550, which continues the line of his predecessor the G450. Based on a 0,18 microns production process, it would be provided with support of memory DDR-SDRAM with bus of 128 bits, support AGP 4x and RAMDAC to 360 MHz, which will favor it more than excellent quality of habitual image in the Matrox chips.
Likewise, it would have 3 units independent from renderizado (opposite to 2 in the GeForce2 MX and 4 in the GeForce2 GTS/Pro/Ultra), but it would not include support of T&L for hardware. It would be located in the average segment of 150-200 $, and his throwing would be about the next June.
In this sense, the G550 represents what multiprocessor of the G800 stays of the ambitious project, a graphic chip that perhaps never sees the light precisely for being a multiprocessor: on the one hand, the price gets dearer, and on the other hand these designs usually present problems of incompatibility, as it happened to him to 3dfx with his cards with multiple chips VSA-100.
Matrox prefers to extract now a competitive card in price and services, and this is for what from the G550 we expect of, until the first results should come. Matrox, on having left the project G800, decides to take time in the development of his "future one" G1100 that waiting could compete straight with the "heavyweights" of ATI and NVIDIA. A respectable prudence politics, although I hope it does not last very much...
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News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship