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Old August 17th 03, 08:05 PM
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Nintendo and ATI: A History

With the recent news that ATi will be working with Microsoft on the
Xbox 2, where does this leave ATi and Nintendo? A while back in this
mailbag you mentioned that they had been working on a chip for the
next system for a while now, but I've heard recently that they might
have severed connections between the companies. Can you shed any light
on the situation?

Matt responds: There's actually a long history here. Let me see if I
can explain it. Basically, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,
Nintendo selected a company called SGI to design the graphics
architecture for its Nintendo 64 system. Dr. Wei Yen led the team that
worked on the chipset. More than five years later, Dr. Wei Yen left
SGI to form the Palo Alto, California-based ArtX, and he took a great
deal of the original SGI Nintendo team with him. Soon afterward, SGI
sued, but the suit went nowhere. Later, in a surprise move (at the
time), Nintendo selected ArtX to develop the GameCube graphics
processor, codenamed "Flipper." Well, into the development of this
chip, graphics card maker powerhouse ATI acquired ArtX. I believe that
Yen still sits on ATI's board.

Since, the ArtX group at ATI has allegedly been in development with
the graphics chipset for the successor to GameCube. A cryptic
announcement was made in March in this regard. It is supposedly
progressing steadily. As I understand it, Nintendo is too far in with
the ATI chipset to sever ties at this point, even if it wanted to.

ATI is all-too capable of creating separate products for Nintendo and
Microsoft at the same time because it has multiple operations and
multiple teams. In the end, the chipsets may be very similar, but this
would probably more of a coincidence than anything else.
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Old August 17th 03, 08:21 PM
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Radeon350 wrote:
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Nintendo and ATI: A History


SNIPPED MORE TROLLING ****E

I'm so glad you're around to post absolutely nothing relevant to any of the
groups you've posted your drivelling ****e to recently.

If I were you, I'd be changing my name to ****tard350, 'cause that's pretty
much all you are.
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take a hit dude,
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Old August 17th 03, 09:06 PM
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Actually, it was a pretty interesting article ....


I agree


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Old August 17th 03, 09:22 PM
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bongdaddyboo wrote:
:: I'm so glad you're around to post absolutely nothing relevant to any
:: of the groups you've posted your drivelling ****e to recently.

That article was pretty interesting imho... stop whining


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Old August 17th 03, 09:31 PM
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Icarus ^i^ wrote:
bongdaddyboo wrote:
I'm so glad you're around to post absolutely nothing relevant to any
of the groups you've posted your drivelling ****e to recently.


That article was pretty interesting imho... stop whining


Ok. Give me a jug of custard to go with my humble pie.

And while the article was actually interesting, it's an exercise in trolling
itself from the OP and I stand by my original post.
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take a hit dude,
bongdaddyboo


 




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