De deal tussen S3 en Diamond begint gevolgen te krijgen: Creative zal z'n 3DBlaster Savage4 (nog helemaal niet zo lang op de markt) in de herfst uit produktie nemen Hier heb je de details, uit een artikel van MaximumPC:
Creative Labs will end its short relationship with S3 when it lets its Savage4-based video cards fade into history this fall, officials confirmed Monday.
The Savage4-based 3D Blaster, which has been on store shelves about three months, will not be picked up for Creative's Fall line up. The card would have lasted about six months normally, but Creative will accelerate the phase-out period as well. That doesn't mean the company will stop releasing driver updates to who have purchased the card already.
[...] Carlton said whether Savage4 competes with TNT2 isn't a factor. It's a business decision not to feed Creative's competitors.
"We're not necessarily inclined to give S3 and a competitor a revenue stream," Carlton said.
Although Creative has decided to dump its S3 line, Number Nine says it will continue to sell its SR9 card, which uses the Savage4 chipset.