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20th Anniversary of ATI

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ATI celebrated their 20th anniversary yesterday. The Canadian company started from a group of 3 Hong Kong immigrants and has grown to a company of over 2700. The company was founded on August 20th 1985 and was initially called Array Technology Inc., it then changed to Array Technologies Inc., and then finally ATI Technologies Inc.



Here are some corporate milestones:

  • August 20, 1985 – ATI – or Array Technology Inc. as it was first known – is incorporated. Over the next five months, the name is changed twice more: first to Array Technologies Inc. and then to its current name of ATI Technologies Inc. on December 18, 1985.
  • July 1987 – ATI releases EGA Wonder™ and VGA Wonder™, a single card that worked with every graphics interface, software and monitor on the market
  • April 1989 – ATI contributes to establishing the VESA standard in the graphics industry
  • November 1993 – ATI becomes a public company, trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange
  • August 1994 – ATI introduces the Mach64 chip and a new set of graphics boards, which are the first to accelerate motion video
  • January 1996 – ATI releases the first 3D chip in the graphics industry
  • February 1997 – ATI introduces 3D RAGE™ II+DVD chip, the first graphic accelerator with motion compensation DVD software
  • April 1998 – ATI is ranked as the market share leader in the graphics industry by International Data Corporation (IDC)
  • August 1998 – ATI, ships its ten millionth AGP chip
  • November 1998 – K.Y. Ho, ATI’s President and CEO, is selected as Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year
  • January 1999 – K.Y. Ho is selected as one of the top 25 leaders in the world by Business Week Magazine
  • February 1999 – ATI’s RAGE 128™ is the first chip to break the 3DWinBench 99 700 barrier.
  • July 1999 – ATI tops (US) $1 billion mark in annual sales
  • April 2000 – ATI launches RADEON™, the world’s most powerful graphics processor
  • March 2001 – ATI acquires FireGL Graphics
  • January 2002 – ATI enters the wireless market with IMAGEON™100
  • July 2002 – ATI and Massive render The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring™
  • August 2003 – ATI announces agreement with Microsoft Corp. to develop custom graphics technology for future Xbox® products and services
  • September 2003 – ATI is named as preferred graphics card partner for Half-Life® 2
  • September 2003 – ATI demonstrates the first PCI-Express GPU in the world
  • December 2003 – ATI is added to the NASDAQ-100 Index®

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and i always wondered what "ATI" means ;)
 

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man i found out what ati sood fo twice today
 
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Makes me proud to be Canadian ;)
 

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ya that nice too wear are u from i am from nova scotia well cape breton realy but who cares
 

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ATI's about 15 minuites from my house. I had one of their EGA/VGA wonders (cant remember which) in my old IBM PC AT. Still remeber the retail box and its rainbow colours (wish I kept it) and saw it their address and was like "cool, their right around the corner." Have a good engineer friend who worked there for a couple of years - he started his own Company with a few guys (not graphics related) and then got bought out.

Ah, ATI. I always have to support the home team. FTW:rockout:

Edit: Damn (or should I say DAAMIT:D), I didn't even notice the original post date (was wondering why it said 20 year anniversary). Oh well. :p
 

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Edit: Damn (or should I say DAAMIT:D), I didn't even notice the original post date (was wondering why it said 20 year anniversary). Oh well. :p
That's OK, that means they will be celebrating their 23rd anniversary this year. :toast:
 

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EGA? wonder what the hell that is? For that matter, I don't know what VGA stands for either...
 

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EGA? wonder what the hell that is? For that matter, I don't know what VGA stands for either...
Old school graphics (in case you werent being sarcastic:)):

In 1981, IBM introduced the Color Graphics Adapter (CGA). This display system was capable of rendering four colors, and had a maximum resolution of 320 pixels horizontally by 200 pixels vertically.

In 1984, IBM introduced the Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) display. It allowed up to 16 different colors and offered resolution of up to 640 x 350.

In 1987, IBM introduced the Video Graphics Array (VGA) display system. This has become the accepted minimum standard for PCs. Some VGA monitors are still in use today. The maximum resolution depends on the number of colors displayed. You can choose between 16 colors at 640 x 480, or 256 colors at 320 x 200.
 
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Old school graphics (in case you werent being sarcastic:)):
LOL at cca...
SUPPORTS UP TO 4 COLORS!! rofl... :roll: :roll:
sorry that's just too much