In de voetsporen van zowel nVidia als Matrox, zal ook ATI AGP 8X gebruiken in hun (toekomstige) videokaarten. Er stonden dan weliswaar geen specs of data, maar kennelijk vond ATI het belangrijk genoeg om dit te melden.

Een beetje aandacht kan immers nooit kwaad. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 25th, 2000 - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSE:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced that AGP 8X, the newest AGP interface announced this week by Intel Corporation, will be a key element of the company's strategy to develop 3D products that will continue to deliver industry-leading performance.

The AGP 8X interface is a 32-bit wide bus that will itself double the current AGP 4X transfer speed to 533MHz. Intel will release the new specification, Rev 0.9, in August 2000. The industry-leading RADEONÔ graphics chip from ATI takes full advantage of the current AGP 4X specification today and selected future RADEON products will be ready with AGP 8X support when the new interface is released.

ATI has been the leader in AGP implementation since its inception in 1996. ATI was the first to produce a fully-featured AGP 2X graphics controller, the RAGE PROÔ, and supported the AGP 4X interface with the RAGE 128 PROÔ graphics chip shortly after that specification was released.

"ATI products will benefit greatly from the robust AGP 8X specification, largely because of the increased bandwidth the new interface will provide," said Henry Quan, vice president of corporate development, ATI. "Future RADEON products are in development that we anticipate will provide cinema-quality 3D through the AGP 8X bus."

"Intel is pleased to be working closely with ATI, a leader in deployment of both AGP 2X and AGP 4X graphics, and in the creation of the AGP 8X standard. AGP 8X will enable a balanced platform for future high-performance graphics accelerators such as those under development by ATI," said David Fair, Intel Visualization Technologies Initiative manager.

ATI is an active participant in setting a range of important standards relating to the graphics industry. In addition to ATI's work with Intel over the past several years on the AGP bus, including AGP 8X, ATI sits on the OpenGL Architecture Review Board, the JEDEC Future DRAM Task Group and is a leading participant in the Digital Display Working Group, developing standards for digital flat panels. ATI is also involved in Open ML, Broadcast CL and the PC DTV Promoters Group. En nu maar hopen dat het verschil tussen AGP 8X en 4X eens duidelijk te merken valt...