Bryan Speece Explains 3dfx' Moves
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MacCentral has talked with Bryan Speece, 3dfx' Director of Macintosh Business Development, about the recent changes 3dfx has made to its business. This week at Comdex, 3dfx surprised the computer industry with several annoucements. First, they revealed that plans to bring the long awaited Voodoo5 6000 über video card to the retail market had been cancelled. They also announced that they would be closing down their factory in Mexico and would be outsourcing their board production. With all this going on, many Macintosh users questioned 3dfx's future support for the Mac platform. Here are some things that Speece had to say:
Speece wants Mac users to know the new direction 3dfx is taking doesn't take their interest away from the Mac, although he admits a bit of uncertainty about their next step. While it seems that 3dfx has become wishy-washy about their plans for an AGP version of the Voodoo5 5500, the bigger concern at hand is who will produce Mac versions of their video cards and who will provide the driver updates.
Bryan Speece Interview at MacCentral
"There's no change in our desire to cater to the Macintosh market," said Speece. "Our commitment remains the same."
Speece admits some things may change. Speece explained that he and his group are presently "reassessing" their decision to bring to Voodoo5 5500 AGP card to the Macintosh. Speece doesn't rule it out, but he's taking a cautious approach.
"I don't think this news will affect our plans," said Speece. "But we're taking a real hard look at this now to see if it still makes sense."
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