2006-10-02 Nvidia to launch DirectX 10 chip in mid-November: Nvidia is expected to announce the world's first DirectX 10-compliant graphics chip, the GeForce 8800 (codenamed G80), in the middle of November, graphics card makers revealed. Howev...

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2006-11-08 Nvidia Geforce 8800 Graphics chip supporting DirectX 9.0L, DirectX 10, and shader model 4.0. Previously known as GeForce G80.

2007-05-XX ATI R600 PC-chip that shares a similar design to to the R500 for XBox2. Likely to support WGF. Delayed from earlier forecasts. Will be large, hot and fast... Equipped with 320 stream processors. Named ATI Radeon HD 2900

2007-H1 Microsoft WGF (DirectX 10 or DirectX 9.0L) New version of DirectX, aka 9.0+ or 9.L succeeding DirectX 9.0c. Now reuniting DirectX with DirectDraw. The name is changed from DirectX to WGF (Windows Graphic Foundation) and then back again. Longhorn's user interface will for example be based on WGF version 2.0 (coming in 2006). Includes Shader Model 4.0 support, and likely to be part of XNA. Will be included in Longhorn and will also support programming Xbox2. Includes "Classic", "Aero", and "Aero Glass" modes (see Beyond3D link below).
DX10 is a much cleaned up version designed to run faster. Removes backwards compatibility with DX 9 and older. For running older games an extra layer of software will be used. May cause older games to run slower.

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