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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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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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