Tyan Tachyon 9600 PRO – The Difference Between Quality and Excellence

With the Tachyon 9600 PRO, Tyan continues to improve the original ATI® reference designs to deliver functions and performance as requested by ambitious gamers, while giving the control over the graphic card to the user, by implementing on-board hardware monitoring.

Taipei, Taiwan, – July 15th, 2003 – Power is nothing without control. Tyan’s new Tachyon 9600 PRO offers both power and control to the user. Based on the latest ATI®RADEON™ 9600 PRO graphic chip, the Tachyon 9600 PRO boasts 60 million transistors, four pixel pipelines adjoined by one texture unit, resulting in a 4x1 architecture.
With a clock speed of 400 MHz and supported by 128 MB of 300 MHz DDR memory it offers a memory bandwidth of 9.6 GB/s. Using a 0.13 micron manufacturing process, the VPU still requires less voltage and is dissipating less heat than its predecessor. All of these results in an impressing fill rate of 1.6 Gigatexel/s.

However, Tyan did not stop with the ATI reference design. As with the famous Tachyon G9500 PRO, engineers worked to optimize the basic layout. By elongating the aqua blue PCB, they made room for an external speaker and a Winbond hardware monitoring chip. Leveraging these components, the Tachyon Graphics Monitor 2.6 is able to monitor core voltage, memory voltage, memory I/O voltage, fan speed and temperature of the graphics core and the memory. It can even document the measurements over time, giving the user exact information about the strain to the graphic cards caused by different applications. To improve user flexibility, Tyan built in a dynamic fan speed adjustment. When the system is idle, the user can lower the fan speed for a quieter PC environment. However, the TGM will intelligently increase the fan speed once the VPU temperature increases beyond the designated safe range. For those familiar with graphic card tuning, there is the built-in slider control to overclock both the VPU and the memory speed. Tyan’s unique design includes a massive front and backside heatsink for overclocking enthusiasts.

The Tachyon 9600 PRO shows once again that engineers at Tyan are never content with what reference designs delivers“, said Victoria Chin, Marketing Manager of Tyan. „We are listening to the wishes and requests of our customers in order to deliver even more than what was requested. The result is excellence performance of the ATI core combined with a unique control over the graphics card. “

The Tachyon 9600 PRO is now available in volume. The recommended selling price is 195. - US Dollars (local taxes not included).

About Tyan
Tyan Computer Corporation, founded in 1989 by long-time Intel and IBM executive Dr. T. Symon Chang, designs, manufactures and markets advanced system board technology. Its products are sold to OEMs, VARs, System Integrators, and Resellers worldwide. Over the last decade, Tyan has consistently been one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Tyan was named to the prestigious INC 500 in 1997 and 1998 (19th fastest growing U.S. company in 1997). Tyan was also ranked by Deloitte & Touche as one of the USA's "Fast 500”, as well as one of Silicon Valley's "Fast 50" companies in 1998.
About ATI Technologies

ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With 2001 revenues in excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).

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