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In the CPU market, we at the very least also have ARM, but in the GPU market just AMD and Nvidia.

Do you think another company making graphics cards will appear that will compete in the discrete graphics card market?
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There used to be VOODOO but went bankrupt in early 2000

 

Besides that it might be too late to enter the game unless they have something game changing.

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Like Matrox ?

Intel would like to kill off the add-on GPU market anyway.

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Originally Posted by farmdve View Post

In the CPU market, we at the very least also have ARM, but in the GPU market just AMD and Nvidia.
Do you think another company making graphics cards will appear that will compete in the discrete graphics card market?

In the x86 CPU market, there is only Intel, ARM, and VIA. In the CPU market, there are dozens of companies (IBM, Fujitsu, Samsung, Apple, etc) that produce CPUs that are not based on x86 ISA. Note that ARM Holdings does not produce CPUs... they produce ISAs and CPU designs.

There are other GPU companies.... Matrox, Imagination Technologies, Qualcomm, Samsung, Texas Instruments, Via.

Matrox, Imagination Technologies, and Via actually do have desktop products.

However, the barrier to entry in some CPU/GPU markets are very high.... as in the billions.
Edited by DuckieHo - 11/26/12 at 2:43pm
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There used to be VOODOO but went bankrupt in early 2000

Besides that it might be too late to enter the game unless they have something game changing.

3dfx dissappeared because Nvidia sued them into oblivion then bought all their assets. 3dfx Had SLi and Multi-GPU cards Long before Nvidia or AMD did. (nvidia's SLi is actually reworked from 3dfx's original designs)
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Did a quick search.....

Defunct graphics card makers

Appian Graphics - acquired by ATI Technologies
Artist Grapics - acquired by ATI Technologies
BFG Technologies - undergoing liquidation
Boca Research - acquired by Zoom Telephonics
Cardinal Technologies - bankrupt
Genoa Systems - bankrupt
Hercules Computer Technology, Inc. - acquired by ELSA Technology, Inc., then by Guillemot
Media Vision - bankrupt
Nth Graphics - bankrupt
Orchid Technology - acquired by Micronics Computers, then by Diamond Multimedia
Paradise Systems - acquired by Western Digital, then by Philips, then de-emphasized
SPEA AG - German vendor in late 1990s, no longer in business
STB Systems - acquired by 3Dfx in 1999

I used STB, 3DFX, ATI and two years ago have been using NVidia. Sad that we are down to only two because if one fails you can be rest assured the other will monopolize pricing with lower performance and there's nothing we can do about it. We see what happens when one company launches a new product and has no competition the price gouging that goes on.
     
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Seems like Nvidia and AMD just suck up all of the smaller ones before they get too big tongue.gif, Im very surpised Intel has not seriously entered this market with stand alone GPU's, obviously the integrate weak ones into their new CPU's.
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Also defunct are Cirrus Logic (which I guess is still around, but just exited the graphics business), Number Nine Visual Technology (Revolution), and STMicroelectronics (Kyro II). Also BitBoys Oy! smile.gif
Edited by stahlhart - 11/26/12 at 7:03pm
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3dfx dissappeared because Nvidia sued them into oblivion then bought all their assets. 3dfx Had SLi and Multi-GPU cards Long before Nvidia or AMD did. (nvidia's SLi is actually reworked from 3dfx's original designs)

 

I remember back in 1990s and early 2000 when I bought either a Voodoo2, 3 or a 5 I was so happy. Those GPUs made much much excited back than.

 

If I purchase 4 690s tomorrow, I wouldn't be as excited redface.gif

 

Voodoo 5 was amazing.

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Seems like Nvidia and AMD just suck up all of the smaller ones before they get too big tongue.gif, Im very surpised Intel has not seriously entered this market with stand alone GPU's, obviously the integrate weak ones into their new CPU's.

Intel briefly had a discrete GPU in 1998:



Intel had also spend years and billions trying to develop a new discrete GPU. The project Larrabee was cancelled since GPUs are hard.... very hard. Larrabee has morphed into the Many Integrated Core Architecture project which just launched the Xeon Phi.
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