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RV870 is codenamed Little Dragon
We don’t know many details about this upcoming 40nm chip, but we do know that RV870 is codenamed Little Dragon. This is a performance chip and it is the base for R800, a dual RV870 card.
Little Dragon is a rather interesting codename and we know that we can expect this card in 2009, possibly even in 1H 2009.
This is definitely going to be one of the first 40nm cards around, at least from ATI’s workshop, and we’ve heard that Nvidia wants to go down the same 40nm path.
Traditionally, ATI was faster in transitioning to new processes, it did so with 65nm and 55nm and it remains to be seen if it can beat Nvidia to 40nm.