Thoughts on graphics' changing of the guard
There's an interesting editorial over at Penstar Systems that chronicles NVIDIA's recent fall from grace at the hands of ATI's Radeon 9700 Pro at the high-end, and the Radeon 9000 Pro at the low-end. It's a good account of what has happened in the last few months, and why NVIDIA is now in such a difficult position. However, the author seems to think that the trials and tribulations that NVIDIA has faced getting a 0.13-micron chip up and running gives it a huge edge heading into 2003, where NVIDIA is pegging NV30-based products to make up the vast majority of their total chips sold.
We'll have to wait a few months for our first real glimpse of NV30, and almost certainly longer before we have any real indication of how difficult it will be for ATI and even Matrox to transition their new graphics chips to a 0.13-micron process. Until then I think I'll just sit back and let the anticipation build.