Rasczak said:I wonder if now AMD has consumed ATI whether they will continue to develop highend graphics? It's fairly obvious AMD purchased ATI to achieve an injection of graphics knowledge so they could challenge Intel - however does that extend to maintaining a highend graphics line?
If not that just leaves us with Nvidia and, whilst I always tend to get Nvidia GFXs, a lack of competition would be very bad for PC gamers. Prices would shoot up and technological advances would slow.
GrahamC said:And when Intel buys up Nvidia the PC moves to a 'whole platform' market place.
GrahamC said:I also don't think Intel will go after Nvidia either but there is another dark horse under starters orders here and that's IBM. Nvidia know about graphics and what the game engines and graphic subsystems of OS will need. IBM have the R&D clout, fabrication facilities and are makeing inroads in the console markets, could be a match up there making 3 big platform (both PC and console) producers. You end up with Intel/AMD/IBM as powerfull, full platform producers and if that happens watch your ass Sony.
cwick said:Keep in mind that IBM are beyond 'making inroads'. They're manufacturing the CPUs for all three next-gen console. PowerPC derivates for the 360 & Wii, and Cell for the PS3.