ATI R600 Taped Out?

Just in time for Vista?  According to the inquisitive folks at The Inquirer, ATI's next-gen R600 GPU is taped out and running well in the labs.  Seems plausible considering the R600 is technically ATI's second-generation unified shader GPU.  The first being the GPU used in the XBox 360...

"WE JUST learned that ATI managed to tape out its next big chip. R600 is taped out and it works well, we're told. When we say big, it will be physically big, very fast and very marchitecturally advanced. It is the first of the DirectX 10 bits of kit from ATI and we expect it to appear some eight to ten weeks after Nvidia's G80."

 

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