ATI has introduced its Mobility Radeon 9800, a new graphics solution aimed at laptops based on the same core technology that powers ATI's Radeon X800 line.

Designed to be the successor to the Mobility Radeon 9700, the Mobility Radeon 9800 features eight pixel pipelines and a 256-bit wide memory interface. It also supports ATI's Smartshader HD and 3Dc, the most recent iterations of ATI's texture mapping technology, along with the latest generation of ATI's power management technology, called Powerplay.

The performance features of the chip peg it of most interest to portable gamers looking for the ultimate system to play games. ATI's announcement included testimonials from the lead programmer for Ubisoft's Splinter Cell 3 and famed game designer Peter Molyneux.

ATI has already announced its first development partner with a laptop based on the new chip -- Dell's Inspiron XPS (in North America) and Inspiron 9100 (in Europe) will both feature the Mobility Radeon 9800.