Varied reactions have been popping up all over the net since the news of the merger between graphics chip maker ATI
and processor developer AMD
. Of particular note is an interview conducted by Firing Squad
, which gets some reaction quotes from Derek Perez, Director of Public Relations for rival GPU maker nVidia
Interestingly enough, Perez notes that nVidia sees the merger as a victory, touting nVidia as being the sole GPU maker to support both AMD and Intel
chipsets. He even goes so far as to add that "ATI's thrown in the towel."
We look at today's news as a positive for the company and there’s a couple of reasons why. Ultimately this leaves us as the only GPU and platform company that will be able to support both AMD and Intel. That's huge. There’s no other GPU company, no other chipset company that’s going to come close to what we’re offering and that puts us in a really good position right off the bat. If you look at those two pieces of business, GPU and platform technology we’ve got four strong brands, SLI, GeForce, Quadro, and nForce which we’re all right now winning versus ATI everywhere across the board and I think you guys will agree with that.
Firing Squad also fished for some reactions from Intel, though at this time they received little more than a "no comment" statement.
Also contained in the interview are reactions from various developers, including Gearbox Software and Obsidian Entertainment. Reactions range from positive feedback regarding motherboards with powerful integrated GPUs to concern that the market may polarize into an ATI/AMD vs. Intel/nVidia battlefield.