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ATI Announces Support for AMD Athlon XP Processor 1800+

(October 09, 2001)
ATI Technologies Inc. announced that all of its graphics processor products, including the RADEON 8500, support AMD's new Athlon XP processor 1800+.

The AMD Athlon XP processor 1800+, featuring Quantispeed architecture, is designed to provide the extra performance needed for the ultimate computing experience. It combines this outstanding performance with ease of use and support for the world's most popular software.

ATI's RADEON 8500 features a core clock speed of 275 MHz (megahertz), memory clock speed of 275 MHz and 64 MB (megabytes) of DDR (double data rate) memory. In addition, it features TRUFORM, an innovative rendering technology that helps to deliver the smoothest, most natural 3D images ever seen on existing and next-generation 3D games, and SMARTSHADER, an advanced technology that is the first application of its kind to take advantage of Microsoft's new DirectX 8.1 specification, including supporting Pixel Shaders Version 1.4. This enables more complex and realistic texture and lighting effects without sacrificing performance. DirectX 8.1 is an integral part of the Windows XP operating system, for which RADEON 8500 is optimized.

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