EETimes weet te vertellen dat ATI en nVidia strategische allianties hebben gesloten met resp. Reliance en ALI, fabrikanten van core logic chipsets. Hier is de sauce:
Nvidia (Santa Clara, Calif.) has licensed its graphics technology to Taiwan's Acer Labs Inc. The first product to emerge from the companies' partnership will not bear Nvidia's name, but the company does expect to market its own line of integrated graphics-with-core-logic devices beginning in 2000, said Michael Hara, Nvidia's vice president of corporate marketing.
"Integration makes sense in some markets," Hara said. "We recognize that the midrange and low-cost PC market is very important."
ATI (Thornhill, Ontario) is working with Reliance Computer Corp. to develop a similar product, aimed at PCs in the $500 to $800 range and designed for use with Intel Corp.'s Pentium II and Pentium III as well as other processors. ATI said it will sample the part in the second half.
The two graphics-chip vendors have jumped on an increasingly crowded bandwagon. S3 Inc. announced its own partnership last month with Via Technologies Inc.; Trident Microsystems Inc. has been collaborating with Via since last year. Also in April, Intel released its own integrated chip set, the 810, featuring a graphics accelerator in the north bridge. And Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. last year rolled out integrated graphics-with-logic devices that support both Slot 1 and Socket 7 systems.