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Mobile Graphics: DX9 on the Go

Introduction

After NVIDIA and ATI tried to outdo each other in the last several days with new product announcements for the PC desktop segment, the wave of product launches continues. At the CeBIT computer trade show in Hanover, both of the manufacturers introduced new 3D solutions for notebooks.

As opposed to previous mobile generations, the new chips are the first to correspond to the latest desktop models. NVIDIA introduced its new DirectX 9-capable models, the GeForce FX Go5200 (NV34M) and GeForce FX Go5600 (NV31M), which match the desktop chips technologically. ATI introduced its new M10, alias Mobility Radeon 9600, which is based on the 0.13 micron Direct X 9 chip, the RV350. On the sidelines, the Mobility Radeon 7000(B) IGP was also introduced, which replaces the well-known Radeon IGP 340M/350M chipsets. However, apart from its new name, this new chip only represents an upgrade in memory performance from DDR 266 to DDR 333.

In the following, we'll look at each of the 3D solutions individually.