XGI Tech, ATI Merger, Linux Updates
Rumors have been flying around the Internet early this month in regards to a possible takeover of XGI Technology by ATI Technologies. Initial reports had stated that ATI would acquire XGI on March 03, 2006, however, that date has since passed and we have seen no public word on this matter or official comments. If you will recall, last year there were also speculations of a possible ATI + XGI merger, but those moves were downplayed by the industry and that it would be unlikely if it ever went through. However, it seems as if this possible acquisition is the real McCoy and is likely to proceed. Rumor has it that ATI is in need of some fresh thinking and innovations after NVIDIA had acquired ULi Electronics earlier this year. While ATI was successful in their March 1, 2006 launch of the ATI Xpress 3200 a.k.a. RD580, a Chipset manufacturer take over would be ideal for their expected needs but they have seemed to settle for XGI. One of XGI's current public assets include their premiere PCI Express x16 part that was launched this past November -- the XGI Volari 8300. The Volari XP10 is their alternative PCI Express part. Alternatively, they also offer the Volari V3XT, V8 Duo, and alternative AGP 8x components and then their Z7 solution for servers and thin clients. One of the products discussed here at Phoronix on multiple occasions has been the Volari 8600XT, which is expected to compete with NVIDIA's 6600GT and ATI's X700, however, this product has yet to be released. In addition, XGI has absolutely no direct competition for the NVIDIA GeForce 7 series or the ATI X1000 series. Recently XGI Technology has seemed to be focusing more on the multimedia environment as well as servers and thin clients rather than the gaming and enthusiast market. XGI Technology had begun their operations in June of 2003 as a spin-off of SiS (Silicon Integrated Systems)...
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Posted by Michael Larabel on March, 05 2006
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