Pictures of AMD's R600 surface

It's gonna take time to get used to saying 'AMD' not 'ATI'

Pictures have surfaced of ATI - sorry, AMD 's - next generation graphics chip, codenamed R600.

The new silicon will be the first graphics offering the enlarged company has produced. It'll also be the first ATI-derived DirectX 10 chip.

Cards featuring the R600 are expected to debut late in January.

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The most noticable difference is that the graphics processing unit (GPU) has been rotated by 45 degrees. A definitive reason for this is unclear at this stage.