ATI leaves Intel chipset market to NVIDIA and Intel

As the AMD and ATI merger nears completion, the future of ATI’s Intel chipset lineup was becoming uncertain. Before word of the AMD and ATI merger appeared ATI was working on three chipsets for the Intel platform. These chipsets included the RD600 CrossFire Xpress 3200, RS600 Radeon Xpress 1250 and RS700.

ATI’s RS600 Radeon Xpress 1250 received a pseudo launch and was announced for Intel notebooks. However, notebook manufacturers have been slow to adopt the chipset since it was announced after the AMD and ATI merger announcements. RD600 CrossFire Express 3200 has been in development for quite some time. It was first expected to arrive towards the end of August but kept getting delayed.

Now it’s October and RD600 CrossFire Xpress 3200 motherboards still aren’t here. It would seem motherboard manufacturers are choosing Intel’s 975X Express chipset over ATI’s CrossFire Xpress 3200. Nevertheless, motherboard manufacturers are claiming ATI’s RD600 CrossFire Xpress 3200 will be the last ATI chipset for Intel processors. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as AMD and ATI are in the process of merging.

With RD600 CrossFire Xpress 3200 being the last ATI chipset for Intel platforms, it would seem RS700 has been canned in favor for AMD variants. Nevertheless, ATI is developing a strong AMD product lineup which includes the upcoming RS690 with a Radeon X700 derived graphics core with AVIVO features. Although ATI has cancelled the RS700, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see it reappear as an AMD variant.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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