More on 3dfx's Demise
9:39 AM | Toby Allen | Comment on this story
On Friday it was announced that 3D graphics card maker 3dfx will be closing their doors and selling their assets to their competitor NVIDIA. Obviously, this will have tremendous repercussions for the PC (and Mac) 3D card market, and the game industry as well. The Gamer's Depot jumped on the occasion and interviewed NVIDIA's PR man Brian Burke -- who used to be a PR man for 3dfx, incidentally. They asked quite a lot of questions about what will happen to the employees, the technology and what will be the overall effect of the buyout. Here is a sample:
GD: What exactly have you bought from 3dfx, and do you now own Gigapixel? Furthermore, Thresh's Firing Squad also conducted an interview with NVIDIA about the acquisition. The interview is focused on the technology NVIDIA gained, and what this means for the 3D card market:
Brian: Their core assets, which includes their patents, patent pending applications, trademarks, branding, and inventory related to the graphics business. Gigapixel was a company who was purchased by 3dfx. We have purchased 3dfx's core assets, so that means we have access to whatever technology might've been developed by either company. The two transactions were different in that the 3dfx/Gigapixel transaction was a complete buyout of the company. Today's announcement is that nVIDIA has only purchased the core assets of 3dfx, so I want to make it clear that it's not a complete buyout.
FiringSquad: How will this change your market strategy now that there really is only one major competitor? If you missed 3dfx announcement, check out news article to get more details. As you might expect, many of the details of this decision by 3dfx are still being worked out; at this point the future of such things as 3dfx Mac OS support and driver development is unclear. We'll continue to bring you updates on the repercussion of this development for Mac gamers, but the initial outlook seems to be poor. 3dfx Mac software engineer Ray Swartz indicated on Usenet that the engineering department has already been shut down.
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We are definitely a formidable foe for ATI especially with the combined technology base we now have. We are well positioned to leverage our graphics expertise into new and exciting markets.
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NVIDIA interview at Firing Squad
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