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  • ATI to Use 0.18-micron Process for Future Graphics Chips
  • October 8, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Canada's ATI Technologies Inc. said it will start mass producing next-generation graphics accelerator microchips using 0.18-micron process technology.
    It will start production in the second quarter of 1999. Sample shipments are slated for the second quarter of 1999.

    The company will consign to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) in Taiwan the production of the microchips.

    Currently, ATI is consigning to UMC the production of its RAGE PRO microchips using a 0.35-micron rule, and to TSMC its 0.25-micron RAGE 128 microchips that were introduced in August.

    Although he did not disclose the details, K.Y. Ho, president and CEO of ATI, said the performance of the next-generation products would increase by as much as four to five times that of the RAGE 128 microchips.

    Regarding microchips using copper wiring, Kevin Oerton, product manager for the company's Component Marketing Group, said those products would be marketed in 2000 at the earliest.

    Generally, leading-edge processes have been adopted for graphics accelerator microchips six to nine months after having been used for microprocessors. Copper wiring also will be used for graphics accelerator microchips after cost reduction measures have been disseminated, Oerton said.

    Both TSMC and UMC already have announced that they will start to use 0.18-micron process and copper wiring in 1999.

    Related story: ATI Chief Says Many Makers Offer PCs with Digital LCD Interface

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