TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. has launched the latest generation of its Xabre graphics chipsets, aiming to compete with rival products by Nvidia Corp. and ATI Technologies Inc.
Built with 0.13-micron process technology, the Xabre600 features a graphics engine with complete Pro 8x8 (AGP8X and DirectX8.1), and is among the first in the industry to offer the high speed power of Duo 300 with 300MHz clock rate for both engine and memory, SiS said.
AGP 8X, the modern foundation of PC computing, doubles the graphics bandwidth of the AGP interface to 2.1 gigabytes per second, some analysts said. This keeps data-hungry GPUs fed with the information necessary to render high frame rate, high fidelity and real-time graphics.
The new graphics-processing unit, which will be targeted at the mainstream market, has an increased performance at least 20% above its predecessor the Xabre400, said SiS, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
"The Xabre series allows computer gamers to break through the bottleneck of computer gaming, by enabling computer systems with the highest transfer rate and frequency, image resolution, system reliability and performance," Chris Lin, vice president of the multimedia products division, said at a press conference in Taipei today.
However SiS's latest product probably won't be able to outsell those of Nvidia, Santa Clara, Calif., and ATI, Toronto, Canada, both of which have been selling similar products for months, some analysts said.
"It would be difficult for the Xabre600 to surpass its rival GPUs because the brand image of SiS lags behind that of ATI and Nvidia," said Paul Wang, an analyst for SG Securities in Taipei. In the GPU market worldwide, SiS's share falls in the single digit level, making it a distant No.3 player following Nvidia and ATI, he said.
The Xabre600 will be available at the end of this month.