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All-in-Wonder X1900 PCIe
AIW series to be discontinued

It appears that ATI's TV Wonder 650 tuners aren't the only items in the headlines these days. The next products to get the axe are ATI's All-in-Wonder multimedia video cards according to US PC distributors that carry ATI products. DailyTech first heard rumblings of the AIW line being discontinued a few months ago from several video card manufacturers. The latest insider information that we have from ATI distributors reveals that ATI will cease production of the entire All-in-Wonder series by the end of this month. ATI will instead focus on its stand-alone graphics cards and TV tuner solutions.

Whether this latest move represents a shift in market demand for graphics cards with built-in TV tuner functionality or simply a strategic move on the part of ATI in anticipation of the upcoming merger remains to be seen. AMD last month agreed to acquire ATI in a $5.4 billion USD deal. At that time, AMD and ATI announced what the future holds for CPU and GPU development. We would also like to point out that ATI's recent GPU roadmap made no mention of AIW products. 

ATI currently lists the AIW X1900 PCIe, AIW 2006 PCI, AIW 2006 Edition AGP and AIW X800 XT AGP on its website.

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ByeBye AIW
By Grated on 8/29/2006 3:57:16 PM , Rating: 2
It's to bad to see them go, but I can understand the move actually...

It's getting more and more difficult to add TV and other features on a graphicscard, these cards get pretty complex.

These cards are nice to see, but then again, I more like it that the 2 parts are seperated. If something fails, only on of the 2 parts fail and only that part has to be changed. And 2 parts is a bit more flexible to change parts... And there are enough parts available on a motherboard to put them in both (both PCIe and PCI versions of TV-cards are available).

RE: ByeBye AIW
By R Nilla on 8/29/2006 4:26:30 PM , Rating: 2
Plus, at least with higher-end models, I'd rather have the X1900XT (or maybe even GT) than an X1900 AIW, which granted is more expensive, but will get the job done as far as gaming is concerned, while if I want a TV Tuner I'll add a 650 or even a Hauppage card or whatever best suits my needs.

The AIW is a nice jack-of-all-trades value package, but with the advent of the HTPC (or even media PCs in general) and HDTV, it is probably better to split these into two separate offerings. But I guess you already said that.

RE: ByeBye AIW
By nilepez on 8/30/2006 12:48:21 PM , Rating: 2
In the next few years, we'll MBs will likely offer an onboard TV tuner. This would especially make sense on boards marketed for HTPCs.

RE: ByeBye AIW
By BPB on 8/29/2006 4:26:56 PM , Rating: 3
What you said would make more sense if current motherboards had more slots on them. But with many new boards there's only 1 or 2 PCI slots available. So if you want to add something like an X-Fi card, which I've done, you may be out of luck adding a tuner. Make motherboards with more PCI or PCIe slots and this makes more sense to me. As for me, I've had AIW's since the beginning and love them (recently got the 1900). I will miss them.

RE: ByeBye AIW
By R Nilla on 8/29/2006 5:22:06 PM , Rating: 2
yes, this is a big problem, especially if some companies are hoping for stand-alone physics cards to take off. Crossfire/SLI, stand-alone physics, sound and TV tuner cards - there just isn't room for all of this on new motherboards.

My current motherboard has *4* PCI slots (it's an Abit IS7 for a P4), but most now only have one or two, if even.

RE: ByeBye AIW
By Grated on 8/30/2006 10:05:20 AM , Rating: 2
True, but then there are PCIe slots. And there are Radeon 550 PCIe cards, so there will be 650's and others to...

As for only having 2 expansion slots, yeah, microATX boards don't have a lot of slots, but there are enough full atx boards that have enough slots for graphicscard, soundcard, tv tuner, ...

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