Many people think Abit should spend more of their R&D on creating a nice Athlon Motherboard instead of entering the video card market. How do you feel about that?
What a truly excellent question. This is not an issue of us diverting resources from the development of a Slot A motherboard. In terms of pure R&D expertise, for us to make an Athlon board is not beyond our capabilities or resources. The question is rather the cooperation we can expect to receive. Many of the Athlon board designs (like most board designs, including Intel's) are based on what are known as "reference" designs. AMD provides these basic designs to mainboard companies and gives them assistance in coming up with the final product. When we approached AMD in Taiwan, they decided to work with other manufacturers first, and we were unable to get the assistance that we required to come out with a timely Athlon board.
The other option is that the manufacturer can start from scratch, which takes far more time and resources. And even then, it is not just a simple matter of transferring all of the graphics cards guys to another project and telling them to make an Athlon board instead of graphics cards. You have to build up a team with the right people with the expertise and skill that you need. We have been building our graphics card team now for a year.
So to answer your question, the graphics card guys are working on great graphics cards, which will be available soon. As for Athlon, well, we'll just have to wait and see.
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