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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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I see why though
By Egglick on 8/29/2006 4:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
For the high-end cards at least, AIW doesn't make sense anyway. It makes an already expensive card more expensive, not to mention that gaming cards are typically upgraded a bit more often.

Upgrading from an AIW card means that you lose more money (because it was more expensive to begin with), and it also means that you lose all your nice features, unless you shell out the extra money to get another AIW card (which severely limits your options and puts you in the same predicament again).

So yeah, a standalone TV card is a much better choice in most situations. The exception would be if you're building a HTPC and have a limited amount of space. In this case, a low-end AIW card could work nicely. It's too bad that all AIW cards still use the lousy Theatre 200 chipset though.




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