Originally Posted by MARQUISDARQUIS
And your authority for such certainty? You work for ATI? You have some basis for your statements? You are the greatest living designer of video chips and coincidently the most respected engineer of video chip production?
To make such strong statements on such a technical issue blankly refuting respected sources you should back them up with something other than simply your opinion.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you are wrong, I just would like to know how it is you are in possesion of such information.
Of course it's all opinion, but then again a little knowledge plus common sense can be used to rule things in and out. For example ATI will not be launching a 32 pipe mobile GPU on a .01u process running at 2GHz next week. I can say that with total certainty even though no-one at ATI told me so.
To a lesser degree, one can say with great confidence that there will be no mobile R420 built on a 0.11 process in may/june because ATI are still getting to grips with producing that chip on the 0.13 process right now. It will be launched (on paper) no earlier than March (that's ATI official info) and wil not ship in quantity for a while after that. And anyway, it is very unlikely that ATI will use their flagship part in a notebook, they never have before and a 0.11u version of R420 would likely appear on the desktop first, and you wouldn't expect that for at least 6 months after the 0.13u version is on sale.
If you have followed ATI's mobile strategy it will be obvious that M12 will very likely be based on the RV4xx, whatever that turns out to be, not the R4xx. Very little of this is fact, but you'd be stark raving mad to put your money on anything else if you have any knowledge of ATI's recent track record, the economics of chip building and selling and the thermal and power restrictions of notebook computers.