ATI is attempting to switch to 80nm GPUs, currently they already shipped a test batch of 80nm GPUs from TSMC with good yield rates. Commercial 80nm GPUs are expected in the third quarter of this year, for the mainstream and low-end market.
HKEPC also hinted Edward on the nVDIA Geforce 7950GX2 and Quad SLi products. Edward was asked on whether ATi would come up with a similar Quad GPU concept. Edward expressed that the Quad GPU technique is yet mature, and benefits only show up in high resolutions, and is therefore uneconomic to use. As such, ATi will not release Quad CrossFire in the near future. They will however concentrate on improving single card and CrossFire performance. The higher clocked R580+, mated with highspeed GDDR4, is one such product. It will be the first consumer graphics accelerator to run on gDDR4 memory.