ATI Confirms Deemphasis of Intel Chipsets?

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  1. Geo

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    Purely by luck, Italian website Hardware Upgrade had a site visit to ATI's Markham, Ontario headquarters previously scheduled for just after what turned out to be the announcement day of the AMD/ATI merger. They have now <a href="http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/trurl_pagecontent?lp=it_en&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hwupgrade.it%2Farticoli%2Fskvideo%2F1540%2Fati-factory-tour_index.html" rel="external">published</a> a trip report of what they learned.

    There are many interesting tidbits discussed, although most will be familiar to close observers, such as ATI's increasing feeling of confidence in CrossFire's future, and the upcoming efforts to merge AMD and ATI technology in the out years of their marriage.

    One of the more interesting revelations, on the third page, is that ATI is reported to have decided to repurpose their Intel chipset team to AMD chipsets. While the future of the RD600 is not in doubt, Hardware Upgrade concluded based on their trip, that without engineers to work on them we should not expect to see any future Intel chipsets from AMD/ATI. This would suggest that the Intel flavor of the previously <a href="http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=2958" rel="external">roadmapped</a> RS700 will probably never see the commercial light of day.
     
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    Everyone assumes that Intel will be keen to end ATI's license for producing chipsets for Intel processors as soon as possible so this would seem to be pretty obvious move for ATI. Why bother spending time doing work on something which won't see the light of day?
     
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    I get a head ache when I try too read the translation. DId they offer up any direct quotes or speculation only?
     
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    Not a direct quote, just said they were told it will happen. If I'm reading it rightly, after RD600 is safely trotting about.
     
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    Interestingly, the October version of Maximum PC is citing Hal Speed of AMD as having told them that ATI would be able to use AMD's royalty-free license for Intel's bus if they so chose to continue making Intel chipsets.
     
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    AMD doesn't have a license to Intel's Bus Technology anymore, do they ?
    I mean, if they still have it, why change to Slot A back in the day ?

    That would be too weird, seeing as Intel apparently won the court battle with VIA over the P4 Bus license (which they had acquired through S3).
    Even C7 got a new bus, in face of legal threat from Intel.
     
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    Slot A was the start of the EV6 bus transition for AMD processors IIRC.

    The relationship between Intel and AMD is steeped in anti trust avoidance issues and runs deep. Still no guarantee.

    I doubt that Ati will stop production of a crossfire platform for Intel. unless Intel throws it's toys out of the pram. That would leave them reliant on Nvidia which I doubt anyone would want to do to themselves.
     
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    http://www.digitimes.com/mobos/a20060821A5023.html
     
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    As expected...
     
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    Yeah. There's nothing surprising here. It's just one of those things where when you expect to see certain things happen, you want to check to see that they actually do, y'know?
     
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    I just wonder what will happen to the near-ready RD600 motherboard projects ?
    Will the manufacturers still release any of them ?
     
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    Sure. Maybe fewer than would have before recent events, tho.
     
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    well that would be win win then for Amd-Ati if its sustainable.
     
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    http://digitimes.com/mobos/a20060823PB205.html

     
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    That last sentence is revealing...
    I assume from it that ATI is planning to manufacture chipsets in AMD's Fab's sooner than expected.
    And, if so, how can AMD cope with ATI chipset additional workload, seeing as they are already selling almost everything they can produce in their factories, CPU-wise at least ?
     
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    http://www.digitimes.com/mobos/a20060823A7035.html

     
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    What about non-IGP solutions ?
    Enthusiasts really don't care about IGP's.
     
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    Anything more to be bolded? :p
     
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    What about chipsets that don't contain graphics? Okay so they continue to outsource IGPs and graphics chips, but what about the non-IGP chipsets?

    Can you bold anything about that?
     
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    Non-IGP chipset solutions.

    How's that for underlining ? ;)
     
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