Interesting stuff :
More here :http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=35967
MORE AND MORE details are appearing about the up and coming graphics processor from AMD, which will be the first GPU marchitecture produced under its umbrella alone.
Without any further adieu, we present you the first pictures of R600 die, which our colleagues at Chinese web site ZOL have published, here.
As you can see, the chip location on the packaging is rather interesting, rotated at a 60 degree angle - but do not be surprised, since this is not the first case of GPU manufacturers rotating the chip on the packaging. There are two reasons for that: first one is the fact that AMD needed more room for resistors which can bee seen around this big die and second is far more important - to shorten the traces to video memory as much as possible, in order to reduce the EM noise produced by the PCB.
Since the R600 comes with 512-bit memory controller, rotating the die was pretty much the only way it could get to stratospheric clocks of both GPU and GDDR-3/GDDR-4 memory.