What is the market share for ATI? In which way do you believe that
upcoming products (CrossFire, etc) will affect your OEM and retail sales?
The market share numbers vary by product segment. For the PC Desktop
space, we are currently leading the segment of discrete graphics (i.e. without
chipset integrated graphics) with a share of 56% according to the Q2/05 numbers
from Mercury Research. And of course, we try to freshen up the market with every
new product or technology, be it CrossFire or our upcoming graphics chips which
will be launched very soon.
The release of CrossFire had been scheduled for August. What were the reasons for its delay?
We came across some issues during our QA testing, and as we wanted to
supply the most complete dual-GPU solution, we wanted to make sure that we
understand the root cause of these problems. Once identified, we had to test
it against all possible combinations of graphic adapters.
Could you provide us with an update of the release dates for all
three 90nm R500 desktop chips (R520, RV530, and RV515)?
Sorry, I can’t give you the exact release date, but it will be
What are the main reasons that prompted ATI to move to the 90nm production
technology? Have you come up with any problems with the silicon fabrication
The main reasons when moving from one manufacturing process to the next
are essentially always the same, you can get more transistors onto the same
space and run the chip at higher clock speeds. We had some problems with 2 out of 4 chips manufactured using 90 nanometer, but these were
not related to the process technology or our manufacturing partner.