AMD is building an environment for its new Opteron—their first chip to be introduced using the Hammer technology. Obviously, a hunky chip like this needs graphics, and AMD announced that 3DLabs, ATI, Matrox and SiS have committed to developing products for the Opteron chip. The Opteron will support AGP-8X graphics as well as use AMD’s own HyperTransport and x86-64 technology giving the world a platform that can both advance into the new computing paradigm of 64-bit computing while maintaining a bridge to the x86 world to ensure a smooth transition for software and hardware developers—at least that’s the plan.
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Quarter to quarter, graphics add-in board shipments decreased significantly by -12.6% and decreased by -38.2% year to year.