XGI his company president Chris Lin said that they are aiming to capture a 5-10% market share in the desktop segment by the end of next year. XGI said that they will concentrate on Europe as their first target market, because it is easier to find reasonably-sized partners in the various national markets in Europe. Graphics card makers like Asus, Club3D, CP Tech, Gigabyte and MSI will ship card based on XGI his chips.
Lin expects the company will generate over NT$300 million monthly sales from Volari chips in the first quarter of next year. The company’s notebook-use graphics chips (the XP line) currently contribute about NT$300 million a month. The XP mobile graphics chips were originally developed at Trident Microsystems. XGI bought Trident’s graphics unit soon after spinning off from Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) on June 1.
Anticipating a migration from AGP8X to PCI Express next year, the company plans to launch a PCI Express bridge controller in January. It does not, however, plan to launch a compete graphics chip line supporting the PCI Express interface until the fourth quarter of next year. Lin estimated that PCI Express adoption will account for 25% of the total graphics chip market in the fourth quarter of next year.
The company produces all its Volari graphics chips at United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), SiS foundry partner, using a 0.13-micron process. SiS owns 30% of XGI.
We'll see if they are able to capture a 5-10% marketshare.