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ATI plans all-in-one graphics card

ATI is getting ready to turn the screw on its graphics rivals with two new cards.

The most important will likely be the All-In-Wonder Pro, a PCI card that will be available in retail from January 1998, priced somewhere between £200-250. The card will have all the features of ATI's smash hit Rage Pro-based Expert@Play card including support for 8Mb RAM, plus new features such as TV tuner, Brooktree video decoder, and support for teletext and Intercast, the Intel-backed technology for receiving interactive information while watching televised programmes.

Before that, ATI will ship its DVD card with MPEG-2 hardware. The card will ship in Viglen's Home Pro line of PCs that will be co-branded by Microsoft and sold through Dixons.

Separately, ATI will release a dye-shrink of its 2D VT chip in the first quarter of 1998. The firm said there is still some demand in corporates for 2D-only solutions but added that this would be the last 2D-dedicated chip it makes.

"It's become just as cheap to make 3D/2D chips as 2D-only," said Norbert Kuperjans, technical marketing manager for ATI Europe.