updated 09:45 am EDT, Thu July 2, 2009
Radeon HD 4200 Leak
AMD is developing an integrated graphics chipset for budget PCs that could take the performance crown in the category, a leaked roadmap shows. Codenamed RS880 but likely to be badged Radeon HD 4200 when it ships, the design will have a new graphics core that should run about 15 percent faster than "anything comparable" on the market, implying that NVIDIA's GeForce 9400 or 9400M may be the primary targets. The Inquirer adds that it should support AMD's Stream general-purpose computing technology and, by extension, would eventually support OpenCL.
Little else is known about the 4200's core features other than that it will support DirectX 10.1-level features and their equivalents in OpenGL. AMD may have it ready by late August and should have a significant lead over any truly quick integrated graphics from Intel, which is now believed to have at least half a year ahead of it before it ships a rough equivalent.