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AMD releases first ATI chipset

No need for an add-in card, AMD says

AMD has announced the availability of its first integrated chipset that includes the ATI Radeon X1250 graphics processor.

Integrating the Radeon X1250 graphics processor into the new 690 chipset means PCs based on the chipset will not require an add-in graphics card.

AMD acquired ATI last year and has worked quickly to harness the company's graphics expertise with its own processor lineup, including chipsets - the PC component that connects a processor with other components, including memory and peripherals.

The 690 chipset is compatible with AMD's desktop processor line-up and offers several high-end features, including integrated DVI (digital visual interface) and HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) outputs for high-definition video. The chipset also includes hardware decoding for MPEG2, the video compression technology used with DVDs - which means less CPU power is required when playing DVDs on a computer.

The new chipset is available on motherboards from more than 10 companies, including Asustek and Elitegroup, AMD said.


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