We are told that, when ATI was acquired by AMD in the last year, it had completed R700 graphics chip design, and produced R700 samples, but after the acquisition of ATI, the R700 may has been experienced redesigned.
Now, we have the latest news, R700 graphics chip will use TSMC 55nm process production, as same as RV670 and R680. AMD and ATI will begin testing production of R700 in February 2008 , AMD will bring forth R700 card sample at CeBIT08 next march which will be hold in Hanoverian, Germany.
In addition, we have been told, NVIDIA, will announce next flagship product-D8E next month, D8E graphics chips continue to use TSMC's 65nm process. At the same time, NVIDIA’s D9P will be in volume production using TSMC 65 nm production process next month.
We learnt that the R680, R700, D9P will support Microsoft DirectX 10.1 graphics technology, which will be integrated in Windows Vista SP1 announced at next February. These DX10.1 GPUs will stimulate the DX10.1 graphics cards adoptions from Dell, Hewlett-Packard and other PC makers. AMD/ATI and NVIDIA will both see 20% growth of their GPUs in the first half year of 2008.