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Notebook graphics market leader ATI yesterday unveiled its response to Nvidia's attack upon its marketshare: an upcoming mobile graphics chip based on its Radeon technology.

The announcement comes just a week after ATI introduced the shipment of an updated version of its Rage Mobility 128 chip, the M4, which suggests yesterday's launch was indeed intended solely to stop Nvidia hogging the limelight.

That explains why ATI doesn't appear to have said much about what the Radeon Mobility will actually contain. The company stressed all the usual features: low-power consumption, multi-monitor support, DVD decode and playback, and on-die frame buffer memory.

The latter is a dig at Nvidia's GeForce 2 GO - the new mobile-oriented GeForce doesn't contain on-chip memory, unlike ATI's new processor and its existing Rage Mobility line.

The Radeon Mobility - or whatever it is officially called - is apparently sampling with OEMs already, so might yet eclipse the recently releases M4, which is essentially a stop-gap product that adds AGP 4x support to the current Rage Mobility 128 architecture.

According to ATI's Renewed Radeon Roadmap™, the Radeon Mobility chip should ship early 2001. ®

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