Graphics chipmaker ATI announced improvements to its product lines that it says will help gamers and video enthusiasts connect their PCs with their high-definition televisions. The company said the drivers for its latest Catalyst software include real-time video preview, monthly software upgrades for notebooks and plug-and-play HDTV. The initial launch supports ATI's Mobility Radeon X700 and X800 chips, with more of the line to be updated in a few months.
In related news, ATI announced a multiyear, multimillion dollar per year agreement with Apache Design, which will help ATI manage the power in its chips better with features including a timed sign-off feature, as well as an analysis tool for graphics chips that are bundled with other components. The Apache tools are marketed under the RedHawk-EV with PowerGate, NSpice-PI and PsiWinder brand names. ATI said it had been using RedHawk for more than a year on its most advanced chips before deciding to use more Apache products.