Mainboard chipset from ATi in the 1st quarter of 2002
Canadian graphics giant ATi looks to be launching its first motherboard chipset called A4 in the first quarter of 2002. However, unlike the main competitor nVidia, you will not rely on the AMD Athlon first, but will instead take on the Pentium4 processor.
A brave step on the part of ATi, since this CPU currently makes the highest demands on a chipset, since it operates with a QDR front-side bus. Since the i845D will also hit the market in the first quarter of 2002, competitors will also have to fight hard for their market share. In order to initially avoid a possible confrontation about the lucrative market, one will initially limit oneself to the notebook and gamer market. It just so happens that the potential buyers are the most willing to invest a mark more here. Motherboard giant Gigabyte would definitely come into question as a possible launch partner, since they have been working with ATi since recently in the graphics sector. On the other hand, the company CP Technology, which manufactures graphics cards based on ATi, now also seems interested in using the A4 for its debut in the mainboard market. As ATi's Vice President Henry Quan explained, the A4 with integrated Radeon graphics will only come with DDR-RAM support. By concentrating on the notebook market, among other things, the company intends to expand its 50% market share there and possibly also offer integrated solutions for other mobile devices. As usual, nothing is known about the prices.