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Motherboard Makers Prepare Shift of ATI Chipsets to AMD-based Solutions

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The merger between AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) and ATI Technologies has begun to be felt in Taiwan, with motherboard makers likely to reduce or even suspend their efforts to develop Intel-based motherboards built utilizing chipsets from ATI, while switching more resources to manufacturing models with ATI's AMD-based chipsets. Local motherboard makers are increasingly concerned that the AMD-ATI merger would cause a discontinuation or shortage in supply of ATI chipsets supporting Intel's platform. Motherboard maker Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) is now re-assessing its plan to launch Intel-based motherboards based on the ATI RD600 northbridge and ATI RS600 IGP product. At the same time Gigabyte Technology has plans to develop motherboards utilizing ATI's RS690 IGP for the AMD platform. Taiwan motherboard makers also anticipate that AMD will soon bundle its CPUs with ATI chipsets to compete with Intel in the OEM PC segment.

Source: DigiTimes
 

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It would be nice to see some quality mobos for a change and hopefully the AMD / ATI merger will force the Asian mobo companies to get their act together or go tits up. The crap they have been shipping for the past several years isn't good enough to be paperweights let alone PC mainboards. Even Sapphire who should be able to copy the ATI reference design and get it right, has shipped one POS after another with BIOS, memory, vcore and other issues the ATI reference designs never had. As we say in the Biz this is the result of PPE - Piss Poor Engineering. Hopefully the clueless in Asia will buy a clue before long or be gone.