A high-ranking executive from Sapphire believes that eventually second-tier ATI-based graphics cards makers may leave the market as a result of ATI's acquisition by AMD.
“The AMD-ATI deal is excellent as far as Sapphire is concerned. The strong ATI partners will survive and it may well lead to some of the smaller players exiting the market. ATI has 16 partners and probably only needs five,” said Adrian Thompson, vice president of marketing for Sapphire Technologies, in an interview with ITP.net web-site.
Sapphire Technologies’ monthly video board production capacity can reach a lofty 1.8 million units and often topples this landmark figure. So far the company has only produced ATI-based boards, however, its chief executive said that possibility to produce Nvidia-based graphics cards remains.
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