AMD Readies 690G Chipset

AMD’s RS690 has hit plenty of snags since AMD acquired ATI. However, Global Tech News has learned the long-awaited chipset is ready for an end-of-month launch. AMD will introduce the RS690 as the AMD 690G with ATI Radeon X1250 graphics later this month instead of theRadeon Xpress 1200/1250 name as previously reported. The 690G name follows AMD’s new chipset naming scheme that was previously implemented on RD480 and RD580.

Although the integrated graphics core carries the ATI Radeon X1250 name, it is actually a derivative of AMD’s previous ATI Radeon X700 graphics core. The ATI Radeon X1250 IGP sports enhanced video processing features. New to the ATI Radeon X700-derived graphics core is the AVIVO video processing engine. With AVIVO, the ATI Radeon X1250 IGP accelerates H.264 and VC-1 video formats in hardware. HD DVD and Blu-ray use H.264 and VC-1 video formats.

Integrated graphics aside, AMD 690G-based motherboards will mostly be micro ATX and designed for Socket AM2 processors. Graphics will be expandable with a PCI Express x16 slot. Motherboard manufacturers are left to decide the PCI and PCIe x1 configuration. Nevertheless, the AMD 690G will pair up with AMD’s SB600 south bridge for I/O functions. Expect the SB600 to provide four SATA 3.0Gbps ports, high-definition audio and Gigabit Ethernet to AMD 690G-based motherboards.

AMD 690G-based motherboards will arrive later this month. Expect manufacturers to utilize the same PCB as previous AMD Radeon Xpress 1100-based motherboards as the AMD 690G is pin-compatible with the RS485. Until AMD launches its 690G, prospective buyers can always check out early reviews at TweakTown.