ATI are claiming to be the first to incorporate a new chip making process in a graphical processor for mobile computing, offering lower power consumption. The new processor is the ATI Mobility Radeon 9700.
The process, known as low-k manufacturing, reduces the effective capacitance of the chip, and therefore reduces power consumption. The reduced capacitance will either offer higher clock speeds at the same power consumption levels, giving greater power, or reduced power consumption at the same chip speed, increasing battery life.
The other features offered by the Mobility Radeon 9700 include support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0, four rendering pipelines, and increased stability through ATI's VPU Recover technology.
The Mobility Radeon 9700 is already shipping in notebooks world-wide, and ATI claim that it will power notebooks from Acer, Alienware, Fujitsu-Siemens, Gericom, LG, Medion, Packard Bell, rockdirect, Samsung, Targa and VoodooPC.