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ATI has shipped a 256MB DDR 2 version of its Radeon 9800 Pro board, the company said today, clearly with an eye to spoiling Nvidia's GeForce FX 5900 launch later this week.

We say 'shipped', but the board is only available in "limited quantities", according to ATI. That said, since not only end users but OEMs can get their hands on the card, the quantities can't be too limited.

The board is based on the regular Radeon 9800 Pro chip, which offers eight parallel rendering pipelines and four geometry engines operating side by side. It connects to memory across a 256-bit bus. The board supports display resolutions of up to 2048x1536 in 32-bit colour. It requires an AGP 8x interface.

The Radeon 9800 Pro256MB graphics powerhouse is available for $499.

ATI shipped the Radeon 9600 Pro last week, and the original, DDR-based Radeon 9800 Pro board back in April.

Handheld PC

NEC has launched the MobilePro 900 handheld computer. The Windows CE 3.0-based device is aimed at the enterprise, though we note that NEC is selling in through Amazon.com, so it must be keen on individual buyers too.

Based on an Intel XScale PXA255 processor, the device contains 64MB of SDRAM, 32MB of Flash ROM for the PocketPC OS - well, HandheldPC OS, in this case, but they're basically the same thing - and 32MB of Flash for user applications. It sports a "nearly full size" keyboard and an 8.1in 640x240 16-bit colour display.

Connectivity is provided by a built-in 56Kbps modem, USB ports, serial port and an IrDA port. Expansions is provided by a Compact Flash Type I/II slot and a PC Card Type I/II slot.

The Mobile measures 24.2 x 12.8 x 3cm (9.7 x 5.1 x 1.2in). It weighs "under 2lbs (0.9kg)", according to NEC.

The MobilePro 900 is now available direct through NEC and select US resellers. Pricing begins at $899. ®

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