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Info History of ATi Graphics cards Vol. 1

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9. 3D Rage Pro series

September 18, 1996。ATI Technologies Inc., announced the 3D PRO, the newest member of its high-performance 3D, 2D and video accelerator family.

The 3D Rage Pro chip has a new triangle setting engine, and the perspective correction algorithm has also been improved. At the same time, distance blur and transparency effects have been enhanced; reflective highlight effects and enhanced video playback functions have also been added, especially DVD playback. The 3D Rage Pro chip supports AGP 2X, making MPEG-2 acceleration performance even further. 3D Rage Pro supports up to 8MB SGRAM or 16MB WRAM.

9.1 Xpert@ Play

May 19, 1997 ATI Technologies Inc announced the Xpert@Play , the graphics accelerator add-in board that will set new standards for gaming, multimedia and mainstream graphics acceleration applications. Xpert@Play provides 3D, 2D and DVD video acceleration and connects to a large screen TV, monitor or VCR.

Xpert@ Play that cancels the video output of ImpacTV2 is Xpert@ Work.

The following takes the PCI interface as an example to introduce Xpert@Play graphics card.

9.1.1 Engineering Sample?

PN 109-41900-00A

The PN 109-41900-00A of this card, 00A of which looks like an engineering sample, is actually an early product, which is an error in the production process.

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9.2 Xpert@ Work

May 26, 1997 ATI Technologies Inc. announced the Xpert@Work, the graphics accelerator that sets the new standard for Windows NT and Windows 95 performance and productivity. With superior 2D, 3D and video acceleration.

The Xpert@Work Based on ATI's new 3D RAGE PRO component, a powerful 230MHz DAC and up to 8MB memory, the Xpert@Work offers flicker-free 85Hz refresh rates at 1600x1200.

The following takes the AGP interface as an example to show the Xpert@Work graphics card, which also reproduces the development process of the ATI graphics card more completely.

9.2.1 Engineering Sample

PN 109-40200-00B

Xpert@Work Engineering Sample
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9.3 Xpert 98

Rage Pro Turbo

Xpert 98 is the ultimate gaming experience in Windows 98.

Some Xpert 98 graphics cards are Xpert@Play /Xpert@Work graphics cards that cancel the video memory expansion slot.

9.3.1 PCI

PCI, PQFP

PN 109-41900-10

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9.6 Nexus GA

July 28, 1997 ATI announces Nexus GA for Apple computers.

NEXUS GA has 8/16MB WRAM, is a high-performance 2D and 3D graphics board developed with the professional graphics designer in mind. can noticeably improve the graphics disPlay capabilities. Featuring leading 2D performance, including true color at highest resolutions, plus 3D functionality.

PN 109-42600-00

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PN 109-42700-00

Graphics memory daughter card

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9.7 3D Charger

ATI's 3D CHARGER graphics board provides low cost solutions for OEMs and System Integrators (this is not a retail product).

The chips are 3D Rage Pro PCI, 3D Rage II + DVD, these two chips can be used in the same board, PCI interface. There is also RAGE IIC chip.

9.7.1 3D Rage II+ DVD

PN 109-38800-00

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9.7.3 Rage IIC

January 12, 1998

ATI Technologies Inc. announced the RAGE IIC AGP graphics accelerator, a low-cost 2D, 3D and video chip, ideal for cost-sensitive AGP corporate systems. RAGE IIC AGP is pin-compatible with ATIís performance-leading and market-leading RAGE PRO components

9.7.3 1 AGP

PN 109-48300-00
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9.9 XCLAIM 3D PLUS

3D RAGE LT PRO,8 MB SDRAM

Xclaim 3D PLUS features all the powerful 2D and 3D graphics acceleration of Xclaim 3D, plus, it is the first to bring the cutting edge Digital Flat Panel (DFP) disPlays to PCI Mac.

9.9.1 Engineering Sample

PN 109-54100-00A
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9.10 Xpert XL


January 11, 1999 ATI Technologies Inc.announced the RAGE XL and RAGE XC general purpose graphic accelerator chips. The two new .25 micron graphics chips,full AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) 2X acceleration.

The RAGE XL is the world's first volume graphics chip . RAGE XL support for TFT panels extends to 1280x1024 resolution, and use of Ratiometric expansion technology ensures that images can be scaled to any screen size.

The RAGE XL and RAGE XC are software compatible with all RAGE PRO designs, and pin compatible with RAGE 128 chip.

PN 109-66700-01

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10. Rage 128 series

In 1998, the battle for 3D graphics cards intensified this year. At this time, NVIDIA, 3DFX, MATROX, S3 and other manufacturers have launched a series of excellent products. ATI’s Rage 128 competitors are VOODOO 2 and TNT. ATI’s goal is to surpass the latter two in terms of performance. At that time, ATI seemed to have done it, especially in terms of image quality.

Rage 128 Release Date August 1st, 1998, is ATI's first 128bit 3D chip, supporting AGP 4X interface and hardware MPEG-2 acceleration. One of the major selling points of this product is that it is specifically designed for 32bit colors. The performance drop from 16bit color to 32bit color is less than 5%, which was quite amazing at the time. In terms of performance, the RAGE 128 launched by ATI was not the top at the time, but the RAGE 128 wins in all performance indicators are very average. Not only does it still have an advantage in DVD dynamic interpolation compensation, it also supports VIVO and ALL-IN-Wonder graphics card versions, which are very powerful multimedia graphics cards. Rage 128 is also divided into high and low models Rage 128 GL and Rage 128 VR (64bit) to face different user groups.

10.1 Rage Fury

It was first released in November 1998 and went on sale around the beginning of 1999.

Up to 32MB frame buffer for realistic 3D gamePlay with massive textures and high resolutions Powered by ATI RAGE 128 GL, a true 128-bit graphics engine 32-bit true color 3D acceleration (16.7 million colors) and up to 1920x1200 without significant drop in game frame rates.

10.1.1 Engineering Sample

PN 109-51900-00A

The official announcement picture of Rage Fury is an engineering sample.

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10.1.2 Official product

PN 109-51900-01

Entering the era of Rage 128, with the improvement of performance, the chip generates a lot of heat and begins to use heat sink.
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