Asustek Computer, a leading makers of computers and components, on Monday announced its new laptop that features a new unannounced graphics processor from ATI Technologies, graphics product group of AMD, and aimed at users who want to have a notebook for everyday usage.
The new Asus A8Jr laptop, which is oriented at mainstream customers, features 14.1” screen, Intel Core 2 Duo processor (T7600, T7400, T7200, T5600 or T5500), Intel 945PM core-logic, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory, ATI Mobility Radeon X2300 graphics chip as well as 802.11a/b/g wireless network controller, Bluetooth V1.2/V2.0 +EDR (optional) controller and so on. The notebook has weight of 2.39kg with 6-cell battery.
Asus called its A8Jr laptop as “world's first notebook series to utilize ATI’s Mobility Radeon X2300 GPU for stunning and crisp graphics”, however, as this point web-site of Advanced Micro Devices’ graphics product group does not list any products that are called Mobility Radeon X2300.
“There is an ever-increasing demand for higher graphic processing power and crisper graphics for entertainment and applications alike,” says David Cummings, director of marketing, graphics products group, AMD. “Our answer to that demand is the X2300 GPU. This GPU utilizes patented technology to increase processing power and provide the user with smooth, realistic hi-resolution graphics.”
While the new graphics chip carries the Radeon X2000 name, which is likely to be the name for next-gen Radeon products, it is unclear whether the novelty is actually a DirectX 10 chip, or is based on the over a year old Radeon X1000 micro-architecture. A quick search in Google revealed that the Mobility Radeon X2300 may refer to either code-named M71 graphics processor, which is believed to be a version of the code-named R600, or to code-named M64 chip, which is a version of Mobility Radeon X1600/X1700 technology.