After spending over a week in preparation for today's events, our ATI Linux X1000 articles are finally going live. What is being posted today is only a small portion of what is to come from ATI's Radeon X1000 series and Linux coverage on Phoronix -- we have quite a few articles and reviews pertaining to this matter coming up shortly. One great way for staying up to date with these Linux events is by using our RSS channels. Below are links to the ATI Linux X1k articles we have posted up to this point (almost two hours after the official launch) as well as links to a few external resources. We were also told last week there should be an official ATI press release to commemorate the 8.24.8 driver launch, which brings fourth the newly founded support, but to this point we have yet to see such an event taking place at their investor relations site. ATI Radeon X1800 Linux Preview ATI 8.24.8 Display Drivers ATI Linux 8.24.8 Drivers (Notice) X2 The Threat + ATI X1000 Performance
MARKHAM, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 9, 2006-- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced the newest family member of the Radeon® X1800 series, the Radeon® X1800 GTO. Available from ATI's add-in-board partners by the end of the month at a suggested retail price of $249, the Radeon X1800 GTO delivers outstanding gaming performance that will dominate other graphics options in its price class. With simultaneous support of high definition rendering (HDR) and anti-aliasing (AA)-functionality unique to ATI-the Radeon X1800 GTO is the ideal choice for those who want their games to look their best. Press release can be read at ATI
As was earlier anticipated, ATI has today acquired XGI/Macrosynergy. The ATI press release shares a bit more information (although not much more at this time other than their China target and some XGI employees being relocated). ATI Technologies Inc. today announced the acquisition of Shanghai-based Macrosynergy, an XGI Technology alliance company, as well as related personnel working out of XGI Technology's Santa Clara, California location. With the acquisition ATI immediately increases its presence in Shanghai, China, considered to be the epicenter of China's burgeoning technology market. At the same time the company acquires the research and design expertise of an organization best known for its multimedia add-in boards for personal computers. We are working on hitting up some interviews with our XGI contacts as well as possibly an interview with ATI's Linux department. It will be interesting to see if this buy-out has any weight on XGI's new open-source strategy that we broke word of late last year.
On the hardware swing of things for today, ATI Technologies has done a hard-launch of the new CrossFire Xpress 3200, or the much talked about RD580. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT), has changed the rules of the motherboard industry with the introduction of its CrossFire(TM) Xpress 3200 chipset-delivering the enthusiast gaming platform of the future. Developed from the ground up for multi-GPU gaming, the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset enables the world's fastest gaming performance, advanced overclocking capabilities and bedrock stability available in an AMD-based PC motherboard today.
Whether your frustrated with the lack of Linux CrossFire support, or rather the lack of Radeon X1000 series support under Linux, users have been ranting for quite some time to improve the quality of their proprietary display drivers. Pete (Kombatant) Vagiakos over at Driver Heaven has written a editorial proclaiming his disappointment in ATI Technologies and their present status of the Linux display drivers. His key argument is the lack of Radeon X1000 Linux support, as well as the lack of a viable control panel to replace fireglcontrolpanel. Whether you are an ATI or NVIDIA user, it is certainly an influential matter if you are into any sort of gaming, or simply using a desktop for that matter. Pete also mentions the possibility of porting the Windows CATALYST CCC - Catalyst Control Center over to Linux. His entry in its entirety can be viewed here. As he mentions Phoronix in this piece, due to our exclusive information in regards to the time-frame for ATI Linux support (when speaking with ATI's Matthew Tippett), the original article can be read here, and below is the relative excerpt. We are still looking very much forward to the likely spring release -- April or May -- and will be posting a great deal of X1k results, as well as additional information, immediately upon the public availability of these drivers. How long until the X1000 series will be supported by ATI's proprietary fglrx drivers? Well, earlier this morning we had spoken with Matthew Tippett from ATI's Linux department for a public comment and he has simply said that the supportive drivers are indeed coming and they will be out eventually, and he also said it will likely not be for a couple of releases at least. With the department's present strategy of releasing monthly Linux drivers as of late, these drivers will likely not be in the hands of the public until sometime this spring, unless of course a miracle was to occur with their development process.
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