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Sneak Preview: Mobility Radeon 9600

Sneak Preview - Mobility Radeon 9600

With the desktop world a-buzz over DirectX 9 enabled graphics, it was only a matter of time before this technology would make its way into the mobile segment of the market. The challenges of bridging the gap to bring this technology into the mobile sector are quite numerous. The continued thermal and power requirements that modern notebooks must adhere to are quite stringent and present quite a challenge to the engineering teams attempting to make it work.

During CeBIT, ATI announced the new Mobility Radeon 9600, which would be the first attempt at bringing true DirectX 9 capabilities into the mobile realm. In our article titled Mobile Graphics: DX9 on the Go , we took a look at attemps by ATI and Nvidia to outdo each other in the mobile space. While we have not yet had the chance to test drive the new Nvidia GeForceFX Go 5600, we were recently given the chance to get a hands-on look at the new Mobility Radeon 9600.

Clearly, the continued growth in the mobile space has placed ATI and Nvidia in heated competition. ATI rules the space with the majority of mobile design wins, but Nvidia has continued to nibble away at ATI's lead.

While many might question the usefulness of having the power of a DX9 GPU in a mobile form factor, the release of the next version of Windows will certainly raise the bar for raw graphics processing power. Currently, the applications for these DX9 mobile GPUs are targeted at the "mobile gaming enthusiasts," but these are not the only users who are interested in the often overlooked graphics capabilities of the modern notebook.