Er komt toch geen officiŽle verklaring van 3dfx over de delay van de Voodoo4, zoals in deze nieuwsposting van gisteren werd gezegd. Desondanks is het vrijwel zeker dat we dit millenium (wat klinkt dat dramatisch ) geen nieuwe generatie Voodoo kaarten zullen zien. Hier heb je de info uit een posting van Greg Ballard / 3dfx op het Silicon Invester 3dfx board:
There is no press conference scheduled, nor is there a "formal" announcement being made. We have started today to inform investors that we have determined that Napalm will not ship in the 4th quarter or if it does, too late in the quarter to have a meaningful impact on revenues. We now expect it to ship in mid February with an outside chance of mid March. We expect that when it does ship, it will be the leading performance chip in the market.
The chip is now back on a more predictable schedule with all the previous problems having been resolved. There is always risk, of course, from this point on but we feel very good about the chip at this point. We spent many more months in the back end that we thought was going to be required and, literally, time ran out for a reasonable shot at 4th quarter volumes.
We are guiding people to expect losses in Q3 and Q4 as our revenues will stay roughly the same (maybe down 10% in Q4) but with gross margins declining significantly. Q1 and Q2, however, we believe will be very strong quarters with a return to profitability.