AMD buys/merges with Ati: makes sense, as:
- both complete each other very well: AMD has CPUs (x86-64 and ARM-types if I'm not mistaken) and Ati has chipsets and graphics - plus it makes its own boards
- Ati has a big share of the enthusiast market, and valid products in the integrated/server graphics markets
Now, why Ati and not Nvidia?
Nvidia sells chips too, and very complete solutions, except it doesn't make boards out of test/reference samples.
By acquiring Ati, AMD reaches a level of integration eqivalent to Intel's that it would only have approached by buying Nvidia out - And with Nvidia buying out Sis, that left only Ati (Via already has a complete offering, inlcuding the C3 x86 CPU).
On a pure platform perspective, the move is sound; but I guess all Linux users feel like I do: that we'll soon be forced to buy Intel chips to power our Nvidia OpenGL graphics cards...
Except if this leads to Ati developing/giving specs for a better OpenGL driver for their most recent cards. Then I can't wait
Not that it comes as much of a surprise, or that anyone cares, but I hate this deal. :x
I think better for their future ATi shoulda hooked up with Intel, not because I care about their CPUs, etc., but because they have complimentary areas of focus, and somewhat similar views of the media/video side of the equation, heck Intel made LCOS TV chips.
This IMO benifits AMD more than ATi, it's just what AMD needed (enterance into market they have nothing in [graphics of course, pocket PC, smartphone, MoBos, media chips, etc.]).
And this kinda kills the ATi Conroe solutions future doesn't it, but I guess the licensing agreement jumble will need to be fixed before we know what's what.
I don't like the deal either. I'm not sure AMD would have been dead in 5 years like the Inq says, but it definatelty seems like it favors AMD and it's intel battle, doing little (in my eyes) for ATI.
And this kinda kills the ATi Conroe solutions future doesn't it
Yeah, and I already had thoughts of crossfire ready or even 3 pci-e 16x size slots for my future DX10 conroe/R600 build. (I'm assuming R600 will outperform G80; if not I jump ship). You've just got to have a geek dream and Conroe+R600+crossfire mobo was staring in mine. :roll: