Computer OEM online heeft een artikel met info over wat de gevolgen van de fusie tussen STB en 3Dfx zijn voor andere kaartbakkers:
Some second-tier PC add-on card vendors are predicting last month's sale of STB Systems will lead to a shakeout among smaller card suppliers, if not to the demise of the independent graphics-card market itself.
In buying Richardson, Texas-based STB for an estimated $141 million stock swap, chip maker 3Dfx Interactive is gaining the two most popular means of distributing individual graphics ICss: add-on cards and motherboards.
The move puts increasing pressure on card companies, whose days as distributors of PC components seem numbered, according to observers. On the same day the acquisition was disclosed, STB reported a fourth quarter loss of $5.9 million on sales of $54.9 million.
At the time, one analyst said privately: "I'm not going to name names, but some of the smaller companies-- you know who they are-- are toast."
Executives at 3Dfx, in Santa Clara, Calif., said they will continue to support existing customers-- and will even expand a relationship with Santa Clara, Calif.-based workstation-card maker Quantum3D-- but likely will halt sales to STB competitors once the 3Dfx Voodoo3 chip is launched in early 1999.
The upshot? "There is definitely going to be a consolidation," said Jim Anderson, vice president of marketing and sales at Canopus, a card maker located in San Jose, Calif. "A lot of the smaller guys are going to be hurt. We've gone from a couple hundred [card companies] down to about a dozen, and a reduction to three or five is coming up."