BitBoys

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Bitboys Oy is a hardware development and licensing company based in Finland, founded in 1991 and acquired by ATI Technologies for up to US$44M on May 2, 2006.[1] Until the acquisition, Bitboys had focused on mobile phone gaming, and had developed a large vector graphics-related portfolio.[2]

Bitboys was formed out of the former famous demo underground subculture formation "Future Crew".[3]

Bitboys became infamous after the 1999 announcement of their Glaze3D series of graphics cards,[4] which later turned out to be vaporware.[5] When Infineon Technologies shut down its embedded DRAM production line, Bitboys quickly transformed from PC desktop graphics chip business to mobile graphics IP business.[6] They could not find another manufacturer capable of producing the part because of the high amount of embedded DRAM used.

After the merger of ATI into the AMD Graphics Product Group, the entire BitBoys Oy team was acquired by Qualcomm on January 22, 2009,[7] following the sale of AMD Imageon IP to Qualcomm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abazovic, Fuad (2006-05-02). "ATI acquires Bitboys". The Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  2. ^ "Bitboys offers tiny mobile graphics chips". The register. 2003-07-28. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  3. ^ "Future Crew to work on commercial projects". Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  4. ^ "BitBoys Is First With Embedded DRAM for Graphics". Computer Business Review. 1999-09-02. Retrieved 2008-03-29. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Bitboys' 3D superchip schedule slips again?". The Register. 2000-08-14. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  6. ^ "Bitboys offers next-gen mobile 3D chips". The Register. 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  7. ^ "Qualcomm acquires Bitboys". Invest In Finland. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 

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