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Redirect from "ati" and "ATI"[edit]

I think that ati should redirect here whenever you type ATI or ati. I assume that over 90% of people typing those keywords are looking for this article. I just changed the logotype by uploading ATI_Logo_0903.png If I should rather have deleted existing ATI logo.png and replaced it with the new image, say so (or just fix it). As it is, there are two ATi logo images on Wikipedia, one of which no longer matches the official one (and it had that ugly placement of (r) anyway). Paranoid 20:25, 16 May 2004 (UTC)

I've corrected the acronym (it's NOT Allied Telesyn International), added some extra bio info (location, names of founders). There is much more that can be said for this company, but I'll leave it to the vidiots. - quanta, 7 July 2004 This needs coverage of Mobility Radeon, and an explanation of why I can't see the model number from Apple System Profiler... lysdexia 07:43, 23 Oct 2004 (UTC)

It seems to me that this page was written by the marketing department. Does it seem this way to anyone else? I hesitate to call a NPOV violation but the wordage seems better to be in a flyer than Wikipedia. Chotchki 04:29, 7 Feb 2005 (UTC)

I agree on this. It just reads horrible. Joachim.Kluge 00:12, 6 December 2005 (UTC)

What's with the "NOTE: If you are planning on using or using linux (OS) Its not worth the hassel to get an ATI graphic card since there poor drivers arent real good. If you plan to use linux I would recommend an Nvidia Graphic card." at the end? I recommend we delete it, it seems just a teeny bit unprofessional. --Easty 13:25, 21 Feb 2005 (UTC)

I am wondering if calling the Radeon Xpress 200 ATI's first chipset is really true. I seem to recall a few motherboards out there boasting ATI chipsets (such as the 320M for the regular Athlons and the 340M for Pentium 4's and more recently the 9100 IGP for the Pentium 4's) while I guess the 3x0 series might not qualify as chipsets in the truest sense of the word (as, I seem to recall the boards using southbridges from VIA or some other manufacturer) I'm pretty sure the 9100 series had southbridges manufactured by ATI, thus making it ATIs first true chipset. For now I'll just leave the article as-is because I may very well be wrong but someone who has more time on their hands may want to look into the issue a little more. - Kilroy1231 3.3.05

ATI used an ALI southbridge for the earliest chipsets, but that changed with the 9100. Since I wrote 30% of the present ATI page, excuse me if I have no hesitation in correcting this nonsense. Well spotted. Okay, I just split motherboards out to their own section. Its just a stub, but its a start. When I get the time /energy, I still want to fill back the current trends section to at least the Rage chips. Timharwoodx 20:36, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Okay, I've now changed the layout, to fit with the one used on the nvidia page. ATI and nVidia are really twin companies these days, doing the same sort of things, so I think it makes sense to sync the layout for consistency of look and feel. Timharwoodx 14:02, 13 Mar 2005 (UTC)

I just put in a vote for deletion for a new page on the 9250. Jeesh, here is the rule guys. We do a page for each NOTABLE series of cards. The same rule for both ATI and nVidia. Copying out benchmark scores and spec sheets on every part nVidia or ATI ever made, really is not what an encyclopedia is about. Timharwoodx 20:26, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Hi, I put a ATI makes crappy cards section. If anyone wants to challenge me in blowing over 500 dollars on defective cards go ahead. Its no coincedence that their cards glitch up...unless I have hidden mind powers that somehow break the things I buy. Marvelvsdc 01:26, 04 July 2005 (UTC)

This gen ATI seems to be faltering, which is why I've decided I'm going to upgrade to a 6800 ultra instead of sticking with ATI.Heraclius 01:30, 11 July 2005 (UTC)

Why does this page ignore ATI's past mistakes/failures/questionable actions yet it lists Nvidia's?

This article should be about ATI, why is every other sentence I see nVidia? Not just see nVidia - but I see over-blown publicity. This article seems a bit biased, is it really necessary to mention nVidia's name so much?

ATI also made a sound card called the Stereo F/X in 1992.

Well, how do you discuss ATI without reference to NVIDIA? Its like asking someone to write a history of AMD, without any mention of Intel. Thats an absurd point. Then you say its like a fan page? Well, on the one hand you say its all about NVIDIA, then in the next sentance you seem to be saying it goes on and on about ATI. A wholly inconsistent set of observations. ATI has been the world's largest discrete graphics card company for the last 2 years, the products must have been pretty wonderful in that period, to beat out a company as tough as NVIDIA. Are you going to argue the 9700 and 9800 were bad products? Because I think you'll get flamed like crazy if you edit the page to say that. Timharwoodx 14:19, 12 May 2006 (UTC)


I think the purchase of a lot of the assets from XGI should be mentioned somewhere in this article.

Flipper and Hollywood[edit]

Should these 2 sections be merged? It would seem to be more concise to AT LEAST put the 2 sections together.Playwrite (talk) 07:07, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

petition: ATI lack of drivers for linux ?[edit]

I don't think this : is 24.470 times my own POV. 12:09, 14 June 2006 (UTC) and also user:Yug
Just because a lot of people signed some petition does not make your assertions correct. "Linux + an ATI video card = a really slow computer"? No, I have a computer right here to disprove that. I rewrote it into a neutral point of view. Haakon 12:16, 14 June 2006 (UTC)
For me, 24.470 signing people is not "some", and many Linux/ATI users don't know about this petition, so that probably talking about 200.000 to 1.000.000 of users. Moreover, I have a Radeon 8500 mobility and Linux, and the fact is just in front of me for the last 2 years. Afterwhat went I see and read a petition like this, I think you are really nice with ATI ("ATI's inadequate drivers" : I understand that ATI did nothing, and that Linux programmer try to fix it with "inadequate" things.).
I leat this like this, and just put this discussion in the article discussion page. Yug
I do not use the proprietary drivers (by principle), and my computer does not feel slow (I don't play 3D games), so "Linux + ATI = really slow computer" is not categorically true. I do think 25000 users qualify as "some", considering the many millions who are Linux users. Speculation on how many could potentially sign the petition are just that; speculation. I think the section is now on a form we can all agree on. Haakon 13:15, 14 June 2006 (UTC)

Too much plain text[edit]

Is anyone else a bit annoyed by the large field of text that comprises the Market trends section? Is there some sort of "Wall of text" template that can be applied to the page? I'll try and get creative to write some titles for the section, but still.ModusOperandi 02:51, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Yeah it does look a little plain. Maybe a picture of some kind could spice it up? PrettyMuchBryce 03:50, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

ATi is not the proper spelling of the company's name![edit]

The old logo might have looked like ATi, but the formal name has always been ATI. ATI stands for Array Technologies Incorporated. Get it right! :P Alex 19:23, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

And here's proof: [1] Bilky asko 16:36, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

It's not a matter of spelling anyway. It's a matter of typography, and a company doesn't decide the typography of it's name -- that's up to the printer, who follows a standard. In standard English typographies, "ATi" just isn't valid. Bryan Henderson 07:21, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Merger or AMD buying AMD[edit]

I don't know much about business or economics and the wiki article is not particularly clear. At one place it suggests it's a merger, at another place it suggests AMD is buying ATI. So is this a merger or is AMD buying ATI? According to the AMD page it's a merger but according to Yahoo [2] AMD is buying ATI. Also the Yahoo page states it's subject to ATI shareholder approval but doesn't mention AMD shareholder approval so again it makes me think AMD is buying ATI (although maybe they just didn't mention that shareholder approval was needed). Nil Einne 20:50, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

Mergers are almost always one company buying another company, and in this case, I believe it's AMD buying ATi. So yes, it's a merger.
Not according to the Mergers article however which states the differences between mergers and acquisitions is in how they're financed... Nil Einne 15:54, 20 September 2006 (UTC)


Is there any information on the old logo, such as why they switched to the current logo? If the old logo was shown on this article page, I don't think that removing it was a good idea. Rather than that, there should be a comparison, such as how there is a comparison in the Microsoft article, for example. --Geopgeop 10:26, 1 August 2006 (UTC)


Maybe it's time to start moving motherboard chipsets to codename series, much like the Radeon? There are going to be lot more products than just Xpress 200 and 3200 as outlined in {{ATI}}, and all sorts of fancy codenames like RD480 (Xpress 1600), RD500, RD600, RS500, RS600 etc. --Dmitry (talkcontibs ) 18:52, 2 August 2006 (UTC)

Big Picture.[edit]

And I'm not talking metaphorically. There's a huge, obnoxious picture of a Radeon X1900XT in the middle of the page! Someone should format it to Wikipedia styling (I would, but I don't know how yet) or remove it. (edit: forgot to sign) --CCFreak2K 09:03, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

Done'd. -AthlonBoy 13:57, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

Reduntant acronymn - ATI Technologies Inc?[edit]

Reading that first line is a bit disorienting. Array Technologies Incorporated Technologies Incorporated? It seems this article is suffering from RAS syndrome.

Yes, I know that ATI technologies isn't redundant, as that implies a technology of ATI. But ATI Technologies (with the capital letter) implies it is part of the name. Maybe the article ought to be moved to, lets say, ATI (Company), or the like. -AthlonBoy 12:30, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

x800 series?[edit]

Article jumps directly from the 9xxx to the x1yyy series. I don't know much about those, so could anyone add them? Pmbarros 21:46, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

IIRC, the x series (pre-x1000) is an extension of the 9xxx series. For example, a Radeon X800 would be comparable to a Radeon 9800, but the X800 would have...more, I guess. I won't add anything to the article because I lack sufficient information. --CCFreak2K 11:59, 28 August 2006 (UTC)
The X800 was nothing more than a 9800 with double the pipelines and a bit of extra MHz. There were some non-specific enhancements, but nothing really new. A more detailed explanation is on the Radeon R420 page. -AthlonBoy 16:38, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

'a 3D accelerator for free'?[edit]

Regarding the Mach64, this sentence is difficult to understand. Is the article saying that the video card was so inexpensive, or is it referring to some 3d acceleration features that neither of the Mach64s I owned had?

Stallman incident should be removed[edit]

The paragraph about the April 2006 incident involving RMS should be removed. If nothing else it should be moved to either the article on RMS or the FSF, but I would argue it is not encyclopedia material. - 07:49, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

I agree. I'm the guy who wrote most of the ATI, NVIDIA, AMD, and other key IT pages. Its just too much detail for a summary page. Sadly, we have someone called User:MureninC going round the IT section vandalising pages at the moment, and none of the editors seem willing to do anything about it. He routinely breaks guidelines, and does not adhere to / respect consensus. He just reverts when I try and fix things, and correct the factual errors he has inserted. HELP! I'll try deleting the incident (AGAIN) and see what happens. Its the duty of whoever reverts to post to the discussion page, if not, I'll have to take this up with a senior editor, with a view to having the User:MureninC account suspended. Timharwoodx 15:13, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Example of User:MureninC at work.

Another mess I'm trying to sort out! Timharwoodx 15:33, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Sadly, we have Timharwoodx trying to use personal attacks in order to push for ATI and AMD — no consensus was ever reached in removing the Stallman incident. Everyone, please take a look at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/EPIA and see for yourself. MureninC 16:33, 17 December 2006 (UTC)
Presently we have two registered votes for deletion of the Stallman incident, and no registered against. Yes, by all means look at the EPIA page. See how MureninC called my VIA C3 page 'the worst page in the WIKI' - slandering my hard work, then view the page history, and see how he inserted factual errors into the article, got core types utterly confused, mixed up max TDP with average TDP, and then how he called my attempts to edit his ungrammatical and factually inaccurate VIA_CoreFusion page 'vandalism.' Something that remains unresolved i.e. the WIKI is presently peddling information I know to be wrong on the VIA_CoreFusion page. This guy is so clueless as to be positively dangerous. What gets me even more, is that having been proven to be wrong time after time on technical issues, he keeps coming back, challenging me to reply to him. I try top walk away, and he keeps posting, as if craving attention from me. MureninC why do you keep posting? What contribution to the MIT debate did your last post make? Answer - none at all. As usual, you're just trying to get attention. Either debate the facts, or go away. You slandered my work, then added factual errors not present in my text. Thats where it started. Timharwoodx 23:19, 17 December 2006 (UTC)
Yeah, I just checked the page history, MureninC has just put the MIT incident back in, despite the vote presently being 2:0 for it to be removed. This user ignores consensus, and arbitrarily edits pages. Its a pattern of vandalism across multiple IT pages. I'm going to remove the incident one more time, reflecting the 2:0 voting presently demonstrated in this matter, not to mention the non encyclopedia nature of the material anyways. If MureninC YET AGAIN ignores consensus, this will have to be escalated for attention from users with higher privilege levels. This is ridiculous. Timharwoodx 23:37, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Yep, MureninC reverted (again) within minutes. He seems determined some incident on the MIT campus deserves pride of place in a summary of ATI's corporate history. He obviously has this page on his watch list, and is determined that University campus incidents should be a major part of corporate histories in the WIKIPEDIA. I'll wait for more opinions to be posted on this matter, then seek escalation, as and when appropiate. Timharwoodx 00:19, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

Timharwoodx, I'm tired of your disruptive behaviour. What consensus are you talking about? What 2:0? There are already two users wanting to keep the article. Me and [3]. The content is perfectly encyclopaedic. If you want it deleted, organise a proper vote for one week, mentioning the fact that the vote is going on the subsection page. And while we are at it, your article about VIA C3 is still very poor. MureninC 00:23, 18 December 2006 (UTC)
Timharwoodx, your edits are perfect as usual. You've put the Content template into the wrong subsection of the article! It should be inside the section that you want to have removed. Until then, the voting would be unfair, as people would not know what they have to vote for. MureninC 00:43, 18 December 2006 (UTC)
Also, Content doesn't seem to be the appropriate template for this request of yours. MureninC 00:46, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

Please stop discussing and challenging each other's competence and/or previous edits, and concentrate on resolving this problem. Timharwoodx's comments about MureninC's previous edits are clearly irrelevant, as the section is written in a good encyclopedic style, and does cite reliable sources on the issue. What is being contested by the initial comment is the relevance of this section, and not its style or factual correctness.

In my opinion, ATI's neglect for the free software community is very relevant to the article, but the mentioned section does not convey that very well. I think the section should be rewritten to explain how ATI is said to neglect the free software community, and mentioning Stallman's incident as an indicator that a conflict exists. -- intgr 05:04, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

Even Stallman wouldn't think it was important if a cop hadn't shown up, but ATI had nothing to do with that. The people in charge of the event tried to throw him out and he wouldn't go so they called the cops. He's trying to spin it into a "corporate fatcats abuse their power to oppress the little guy" case when it's really just a matter of, he was making a nuisance of himself and wouldn't leave so they called the police. Happens every day in Wal*Mart parking lots across the country. Does NPOV not apply when it's inconvenient for Wikipedia's pet causes? - 14:16, 18 December 2006 (UTC)
You may consider the Stallman's incident alone unworthy of mention, but you cannot deny the conflict between the free software community and ATI. -- intgr 15:12, 18 December 2006 (UTC)
I find the whole open driver cause to be controversial. On one hand it allows people to write free drivers. On the other hand, it exposes the IP of ATI. It is a great threat if say NVIDIA can gain advantage if that open code shows them things they didn't know. It also exposes some of how the hardware functions. That risks jobs. Not just evil greedy manager people jobs, but the jobs of the hundreds of engineers who toiled to produce that code. That is not a worthwhile risk IMO. ATI does do Linux drivers (Linux being where open code is most demanded), and they are getting better.
Which regards to this Stallman guy, some guy being a jackass at a conference is not worthy of its own paragraph. Sure, it could be referred to in the context of ATI's closed code practice. But right now it sticks out as if it's some huge issue and just casts this strange "ATI is evil" feeling over the whole article. And I don't think that such spotlight exposure is "relevant" or really proper for NPOV encyclopedic content. Honestly, a sentence saying ATI doesn't offer open source code is enough for me. --Swaaye 21:31, 18 December 2006 (UTC)
Obviously it's controversial, which is why it's relevant. For the record, they're not demanding open source drivers, they're demanding documentation. -- intgr 07:08, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
The documentation that is required in order to write a fully functional driver DOES NOT reveal any details on how the hardware itself is designed, it only tells you how to communicate with the hardware effectively. Are jobs in the car manufacturing industry lost because of the repair manuals that show how to repair a car? ATI releasing programming documentation does not provide any advantage to NVIDIA — in fact, it'll only be disadvantageous to NVIDIA, because it would mean that ATI is going to be fully supported by every FOSS distribution out-of-the-box without any user configuration being necessary. See Vendor reasons and excuses; also see Users defending vendors on the same presentation. MureninC 03:31, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

"Stallman wouldn't think it was important if a cop hadn't shown up"? That's a really interesting suggestion. Why was he organising the protest, then? MureninC 03:36, 21 December 2006 (UTC)
Perhaps I should have said "Noteworthy". Does Stallman update Wikipedia every time he organizes a protest? The FSF protests a lot of things without making notes on wikipedia about each one. - 05:58, 21 December 2006 (UTC)
Why does this need to be headlined? If this deserves such an obvious display, then so does all news about the company. Otherwise, NPOV out the window. I again vote for the blurb to be integrated into the driver heading. --Swaaye 18:38, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
Hmm, perhaps could migrate the section to graphics hardware and FOSS, then cover the topic briefly with a {{main}} to that article? -- intgr 19:42, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
That sounds like the way to go. Perhaps go with {{further}} or {{details}} though. --Swaaye 20:48, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

The incident and its motivation should be noted. However the details of the protest itself is irrelevant. I don't think it deserves its own header either. Whodhellknew 20:51, 28 December 2006 (UTC)


Look, I know I created the AVIVO page, but stream processing is the AMD brand for AVIVO. Its the same thing. Programming shaders to do CPU like tasks. This is a summary page, if AMD are branding CPU like functions as 'stream processing' then AVIVO is no longer relevant. Its an expired marketing term. ON a summary page, I don't see space for an expired marketing term from the (old) ATI company. Its just not relevant any longer. If you disagree, post reasons, and form a consensus before reverting the main page. As the primary author of this page, I think I deserve a voice. Timharwoodx 15:21, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Quote: "but stream processing is the AMD brand for AVIVO"

NOT true. My two questions:
1. Did somebody mentioned AVIVO supports "Hardware-Assisted" MPEG2, H.264 and VC-1 (WMVHD?) decoding?
2. Did anybody mention the "stream processor" does the work as hardware assisted decoding of MPEG-2, H.264 and VC-1 videos? (Or should I say "use"?)

Or, you mean that "Stream processor" is a product for video decoding?

"Stream Processing" from "AMD" provides a "thin hardware interface" named as "Close To Metal", it allows programmers to write codes to use the instructions inside the GPU, and what does AVIVO has to do with THAT (other than decoding videos)!? (AVIVO though has a "converter"... A video converter)

It is known that AVIVO is an accelerator on video playback (yeah, the ATI saying), and "Stream processing" is simply using GPU to do (32-bit?) precision floating-point calculations, and I personally do not think they are the "same thing".

BTW, the AVIVO capabilities are provided using a external chip (named as "Theater"? I forgot), which I think "AMD Stream processor" do not need that in the FP calculations. And currently AVIVO is still being implemented on graphic cards that branded as "ATI", from X1900 series to X1300 series.

  • And some references for you:
  1. AMD "Stream Processor",
  2. "Close to Metal" and
  3. AVIVO press release

P.S. I know this is equal to flaming, but I want to point out that even though they are marketing terms (new or old, whatever), but I can surely say they are not the same, with reason that a "Stream processor" is not of the same use as a "Video accelerator" and vice versa. -- 13:56, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

Timharwoodx: Note that you're confusing "vector processor" and "CPU", too. While a CPU is capable of dealing with highly dynamic tasks, vector processors (such as the GPU) are only useful for applying (rather) simple operations on large datasets. So they're by no means "CPU-like".
The comment "That is to say the computation complexity of GPUs has moved so far from the fixed functions of Direct-X 7 requirements, that actual code programming is now possible, for specific application scenarios." is awkward at best – while GPUs have indeed became more complex, they're nowhere near the flexibility of a CPU. And a chip does not have to be complex simply to do vector processing, they just need a larger number of dedicated pipelines. It's just the fact that vendors haven't officially exposed the vector processing capability to third party programs running on the CPU until now, AFAIK. -- intgr 16:06, 21 December 2006 (UTC)
Also note that "As the primary author of this page, I think I deserve a voice." is void per WP:OWN, please do not try to sound as if you had more "rights" to edit an article just because you created it. -- intgr 16:10, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

Whats going on in the IT section lately? I've had a very happy time doing lots of good writing, and now we have muitliple editors with lots of attitude, and minimal technical knowledge. Do I go round editing medical articles? No I do not, because I have no expertise in that area.

intgr wrote: 1. Did somebody mentioned AVIVO supports "Hardware-Assisted" MPEG2, H.264 and VC-1 (WMVHD?) decoding?

Yeah, by programming the shaders. There is no dedicated AVIVO hardware. That contribution in itself proves how little how know about graphics hardware. Anyone with such demonstrated ignorance, should NOT be editing IT pages. Please only edit areas you know something about. I see you’ve reverted the page, I'm going to have to stick another relevance tag on to trigger more discussion. I'm not here to be your personal IT tutor, I simply don’t have the time. AVIVO is software programming of shaders, stream processing is software programming of shaders. Its different names for the exact same thing. AMD have moved over to stream processing as their preferred terminology, AVIVO is a redundant marketing term, and not worthy of space on what is supposed to be a brief corporate overview of ATI’s key technologies.

intgr wrote: AVIVO capabilities are provided using a external chip (named as "Theater"? I forgot)

Stop me while I fall about laughing. You make a mockery of yourself in public. I don't have to say a thing.

We looked at the Theater 550 earlier this year and found that as a analog TV tuner

I know the rules say you have to be civil in the WIKI, but I think the above proves we have people who know nothing whatsoever about IT, now actively editing IT pages. This is a recipe for disaster, as the factual errors in articles will soon start to pile up, destroying the credability of the WIKI. This guy gets an analogue TV tuner capture chip, mixed up with programmable shaders!

Timharwoodx 13:57, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for picking me as your next scratch post whom to attack. Note that I did not write the comments you incorrectly attributed to me. The comment by User: ends where his signature is. Also, you obviously have a problem with personal attacks. If you believe somebody is wrong, then just demonstrate how they're wrong. See WP:CIVIL. If you seriously believe that your words are pure gold and anyone who doubts them must simply be incompetent, perhaps you're better off not editing Wikipedia at all? Wikipedia is a community project and people are expected to work together reasonably.
I do not find the anonymous user's claims unreasonable. You got so wound up in ad hominem attacks that you failed to produce any evidence that AVIVO is based on the stream processing capabilities of the GPU – and not a special, dedicated video decoder on the GPU. Decoding a video stream with a pure vector processor (such as the pixel shaders) implies that at least some of the processing has to be done on the host CPU due to the inflexibilities of vector processors, whereas a dedicated decoder could be designed not to. Furthermore, AVIVO and stream processing do not appear to be mentioned together anywhere, and AVIVO is never mentioned as an application of the exposed stream processing capabilities. I can only conclude that they are separate technologies. -- intgr 15:40, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

I'll try and sort some links for you then. Again, you clearly expect me to be your personal tutor, and its just that I don't have the time for this, generally. I'm now finding I spend all my time on talk pages, and am doing little to no real writing any longer. Timharwoodx 15:43, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

Another of your "you're so stupid that I don't think you deserve to have a say" attitudes. I did not ask for a tutor, I asked you to prove your claims. -- intgr 15:51, 23 December 2006 (UTC) Avivo video and display engine — Avivo is a branding concept that encompasses the whole of the "video pipeline," from the capture stage using ATI's Theater products to the decoding, playback, and display output stages that happen on a GPU. Avivo still uses pixel shaders rather than a dedicated video processing unit... .... demands consumer level video decode them as software to run over the graphics hardware's shaders. With the knowledge already in-house, ATI have applied this fairly quickly to the X1000 series, which is why they have been able to get such quality increases with their video decoding hardware.

Well its true. You want me to be your personal tutor. I think this is where the WIKi 2 proposal comes from. You've just got too many people editing pages now, with no real grasp of the subject matter. I'm spending all my time bogged down in discussion on chat pages, and I'm not interested in that. If people won't allow me to write in areas where I have expertise, I really start to loose interest in the whole WIKI project. AVIVO deserves a page (I created it), and it deserves a mention, but going forward stream processing is the big thing. The main ATI page can only ever be a brief summary of the key moments in ATI's history. Timharwoodx 16:34, 23 December 2006 (UTC)
Ok, finally you provided some sources for your claims, thank you. However, note that the sources merely say that pixel shaders are utilized for decoding video, not that it's being done over the same stream processing infrastructure exposed to CPU for generic vector processing needs – I don't think it's fair to say that they are the "same thing" merely because they both utilize pixel shader pipelines.
As you decided to complain about people debating/doubting your edits, keep this in mind: If you had cited sources on the article, your edits would be less likely to be contested if they are indeed correct. And note that you're supposed to cite sources always and unconditionally when writing articles, not just when people complain, as the quality of Wikipedia is based on verifiability (yes, this same link is displayed in bold right below the edit box, however you appear to have never read what it's about). Due to the inherent nature of Wikipedia, people are not supposed to trust the "expertise" of editors, but the sources those editors cite. If you can't find a good source, leave a {{fact}} template and hope someone else finds one, and meanwhile readers will know to take the claims with a grain of salt. No wonder your articles are contested, as you do not comply with the policy at all. If your articles did cite sources, and someone made an edit that contradicts with your source, you would be welcome to politely revert the edit saying that it contradicts with the given source.
Wikipedia has a clear set of policies and you are expected to follow them. If you do not like them, or if they conflict with your editing style, you do not have to edit Wikipedia. Alternatively, you can contest the policies on their respective talk pages. And nobody is stopping you from working on the several Wikipedia kickoff projects (or "WIKI 2" as you called them), either.
And you still can't stop the personal attacks, can you? Where did I imply I wanted a "personal tutor"? I clearly stated that I wanted evidence to support your claims. I can very well understand and comprehend what you were claiming, I just found it dubious. And as I was not the only person who found your claims needing proof, I don't think I was being unreasonable. -- intgr 17:31, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

If I state something is the case, I assumed you as an intelligent person, using key word searches in Google, could verify for yourself, that what I said was factually correct. Clearly my basic assumption that you as a would be editor were capable of performing key word searches in Google, was flawed. I apologise for that. I should have recognised at an earlier point, you needed one-on-one tuition in the area of IT. Its just a question of time. I don't have the time to walk everyone though everything I've ever written for the WIKI line by line, reference by reference. As I said, AVIVO does deserve a reference, but fundamentally, its just software code on the shaders. If there is a error in something I've written fine, if you want to add references, fine, but I'm not wasting my time like this again. Before editing the WIKI, all editors really should make their own efforts to use Google, and get some of their basic facts straight. Thats only being reasonable, I think. Timharwoodx 19:20, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

Oh Wise, Great And Intelligent Person, unfortunately I must inform you that Wikipedia has policies for a reason, and they are formed with a consensus between other Intelligent People like you. Minions like me have to stick with adhering to them, but if You disagree with them, You can stop editing Wikipedia and contest the policies on their respective talk pages: Wikipedia talk:Civility Wikipedia talk:Verifiability — but more importantly — don't complain when running into problems that could have been avoided by following policies. When people request for citations, you're supposed to provide them per the policies. Citations are not just for me, but for anyone who wants to verify the claims presented in an article. The policies explain why this is necessary for assuring the factual accuracy of Wikipedia.
No wonder you don't have time for talk pages, as you spend most of your time and energy on attacking people and not their arguments, facts or reasoning. I'm having a very hard time picking out what it is that you actually disagree with, so since I may not be able to address them adequately, you are actually making the situation worse for yourself (and especially so when people react to your personal attacks by taking offense).
Correct me if I'm wrong, but stream processing is an interface provided by the GPU vendor to utilize the vector processing capabilities of the GPU from the host CPU. So far your cited references have only established that AVIVO also utilizes the pixel shaders, and not that AVIVO also relies on the same stream processing interface between the GPU and CPU. There is nothing to stop the GPU from coordinating AVIVO playback by itself [whether using pixel shaders or not] instead of bothering the host CPU [while obviously CPU itself has to initiate the playback and feed the data]. One of your provided reference says: "Avivo is a branding concept that encompasses the whole of the "video pipeline," from the capture stage using ATI's Theater products to the decoding, playback, and display output stages that happen on a GPU."
Even if it is true that AVIVO utilizes the CPU stream processing interface, your previous edits clearly state that "stream processing" and "AVIVO" are the same thing, which they are not — AVIVO would run on top of the stream processing interface, but in such a situation, one is not a substitute for the other, they refer to different things.
Contrast this with your previous statements about the relation between AVIVO and stream processing:
  • The article used to say: "The original launch of this technology was AVIVO, but stream processing has subsequently become the preferred brand under AMD's ownership"
  • Your edit message: "AVIVO is stream processing - same thing"
  • Edit message: "One last time - AVIVO is the pre-AMD brand name for stream processing"
  • Another edit message: "AVIVI is an obsolete marketing term from the old ATI - stream processing is new AMD name for same thing"
  • You on this talk page: "stream processing is the AMD brand for AVIVO"
Can you now see what I'm talking about? Or if I am incorrect, you could inform me briefly, what exactly is it that I am missing? I can promise we can end this argument quicker if you were even a little bit constructive. And you will definitely propose this again, so I will answer up in front: no, I do not want you to be a tutor, and I am not asking you to provide a long explanation. One sentence will do. I am uninterested in your opinions of how much I know about "IT" or what your estimation of my IQ is. :) -- intgr 21:42, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

AVIVO is AMD/ATI's name for their "advanced" video-in-video-out (A-VIVO). It's a play off the VIVO of their older cards. Stream processing is a branded GPGPU functionality. It's like NV's CUDA in a way I believe. I see no evidence on AMDATI's site of AVIVO being abandoned. They will undoubtedly always have a term for their video support. We'll see soon enough if R600 get's AVIVO too. I can't believe this is so controversial. They've always had some sort of video terminology. Fullstream, Videoshader, etc. --Swaaye 05:54, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

  • One thing to clarify here, the stream processing is something away from CUDA, where CUDA is a programming language, and stream processing is an AMD-ATI (DAAMIT) brand to do calculations on the GPU, providing an so-called "thin hardware interface" as CTM as mentioned in the first reply of this discussion wrote CTM is capable of handling other stream processing languages such as Sh and brook, with software support (currently PeakStream), programmers can use the stream processing languages to use resources of the GPU directly through Close to Metal (CTM) instead of going through the 3D API layer. The CTM is NOT a stream processing language as CUDA or Sh, but rather a way for faster stream processing. --AMD64 07:16, 29 December 2006 (UTC)
  • And so, somebody told me that AVIVO and stream processing are "codes". O RLY? I can devide the computer into two parts: "Software" and "Hardware" where "software" are purely made up of codes (Machine codes, programming codes), am I right? So I can reach a conclusion that even the "PureVideo" is the same as "CUDA" in some extent as they are all codes to utilize the GPU. Am I right? Sheesh. (This is mere flamming, please ignore this paragraph, thank you) --AMD64 07:16, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

Oh, and somebody tell me about the "Google" stuff, huh? "Factually correct", huh? Please do tell me about that! the "K10 is dead or delayed" article in TheInq, remember that!? Please do not tell me that the word "I Think" would be EQUAL TO that being "a fact"!! You do not even know the differences between "FACTs" and "SPECULATIONs". Okay here, let's just say you believe in wahtever theInq says about the IT, make that GOLD, and tell everybody that "you're stupid, please do a GOOGLE SEARCH before editing articles in wikipedia, especially MY articles!!". Then I have nothing to bother or ask you now and for ever. DAAMIT. --AMD64 07:37, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

I saw something in the DirectX 10: The Radeon HD 2000 series section that i think is incorrect. But i leave it to the experts to decide whether i'm right or not. In said section it says that the Radeon HD 2900XT doesn't come with uvd included. I think it does... ( and Btw, this article is full of grammatical errors, i'll correct them some other time. Bonez0r 22:49, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

This article confirms that the Radeon HD 2900XT lacks uvd, though i'm still curious as to the submitter's source (the text in the wikipedia article is older than the article i linked). Bonez0r 02:15, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

Xilleon and Imageon.[edit]

Why not start the articles flor Xilleon and Imageon? -- 08:04, 10 March 2007 (UTC)


Now that ATI are a part if AMD, can they still rightfully be called a "fabless semiconductor company"? -- 02:09, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Anyone care to add the section for TSMC and UMC making wafers for Radeon and Radeon Xpress? -- 09:38, 5 July 2007 (UTC)

Can someone please edit the page, some idiot wrote dildos all over the page.

Correct the Page[edit]

Can someone please edit the page, some idiot wrote dildos all over the page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:50, August 29, 2007 (UTC)

Open-Source blahblah[edit]

I think the "Drivers" stuff goes too much into detail about open-source and whatnot, this is totally irrelevant to 99% of the audience... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:17, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

I don't think it's irrelevant, there are many Linux/Unix users who are interested in stuff like that (especially since AMD doesn't really care about Linux, their drivers on Linux are just bad). -- (talk) 22:59, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

Image copyright problem with Image:R500gpu.jpg[edit]

The image Image:R500gpu.jpg is used in this article under a claim of fair use, but it does not have an adequate explanation for why it meets the requirements for such images when used here. In particular, for each page the image is used on, it must have an explanation linking to that page which explains why it needs to be used on that page. Please check

  • That there is a non-free use rationale on the image's description page for the use in this article.
  • That this article is linked to from the image description page.

OranL (talk) 03:35, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

Does any one who write this thing know ati - general errorz[edit]

Today i saw this "The range stretches from the high-end Radeon HD 3000/4000 series" in the ati article, wtf - the 3000 and 4000 seris are not high end gpu's, they are generations of gpu's. Basically the 3450 and the 4350 are not high end gpu's event though they are part of the 3000 and 4000 families. GTG, but if i see any more stupid crap ill tell ye.

BTW " to the budget series, such as Radeon X1300", same problem - NPSF3000 (talk) 11:05, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

You may correct these errors yourself. I don't think you need to run it through the community because the original edit has factual errors. - Cncxbox (talk) 18:03, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

ATI American?[edit]

So if it was bought by AMD why is that maple leaf still up? —Preceding unsigned comment added by ChesterTheWorm (talkcontribs) 11:58, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

The Graphics Product Group's headquarters is still in Markham, eh? They never demolished the building nor moved the group elsewhere. Thus, it still deserves a Canadian flag. Plus, they have a Canadian flag on their flag post.Cncxbox (talk) 20:59, 2 January 2009 (UTC)

ATI merger with the AMD article[edit]

I find that there's just too much information on the ATi page that it should NOT be in any case merged with the AMD article. There should still be an ATi article. Plus, ATi is now the Graphics Product Group so the name ATI-AMD is still wrong. It's either ATi Technologies or AMD Graphics Product Group. Cncxbox (talk) 21:03, 2 January 2009 (UTC)

As far as I know, there wasn't a discussion about the merger nor was it previously nominated for deletion. I believe User:Bun39 just moved it and placed the tag there. He does have many warnings and reverts of his edits (User talk:Bun39). Since there's many articles about subsidiaries and/or otherwise defunct companies on Wikipedia that exist, I believe the article should retain the name ATI Technologies, but make a mention of its internal name of the Graphics Product Group. It is still known as ATI to the majority of people and is marketed as ATI. -Omnicloud (talk) 00:25, 3 January 2009 (UTC)
Agreed, let's just revert this back to ATI Technologies. I just moved it to AMD Graphics Products Group while we decide upon it since it is the formal name. I'll remove that tag since no one seem to have nominated for its merger. Someone will need to request an admin to move it back to its old name since I can't revert it myself. - Cncxbox (talk) 18:01, 3 January 2009 (UTC)
It's fine to keep the original name of the article. Just as long as the article makes it clear it describes a former, now-defunct, company that no longer exists. CapnZapp (talk) 20:28, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

What's AMD got against demos?[edit]

It's not easy to find the ATi demos for their various GPUs. Just try and find all the Ruby demos that have been released! nVidia makes it quite easy, and there's the Nvidia demos page here on Wikipedia. How about somebody making an ATi demos page with links to all of them? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:26, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

PlayStation 1 and 2[edit]

Didnt these consoles have ATi? (talk) 21:48, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

No. --Hakanai (talk) 14:23, 31 May 2009 (UTC)
Yes —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:41, 31 May 2009 (UTC)
No. ATI hardware was used in GCN, 360, and Wii. PS1 and PS2 used proprietary Sony technology. --Hakanai (talk) 08:39, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
ok thx83.108.225.137 (talk) 17:18, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Technology demos[edit]

The legacy GPU demos have been moved to here. Radeon HD 2000 and later demos are here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bizzybody (talkcontribs) 03:06, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

AMD dropping ATI brand[edit]

This article needs to be rewritten. As it stands now, the reader is given the impression ATI is some kind of independent unit within AMD. The news that AMD soon will drop the ATI brand name for their graphics products (instead using "AMD Radeon" etc) suggests otherwise. The article should use the past tense when it describes the details of ATI and make it much more clear that the company no longer exists today. CapnZapp (talk) 20:26, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: no support for move at present time Kotniski (talk) 19:26, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

ATI TechnologiesAMD Graphics Product Group — Given "AMD Graphics Product Group" has been the actual name of ATI for some years now, and the ATI brand is now well and truly dead, I think it's time to make the change. .:Alex:. 05:05, 31 August 2010 (UTC)

  • Oppose for another year, try it in late 2011, when ATI branded cards are no longer so common in the marketplace. (talk) 11:20, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose if we can have articles about defunct companies we can have an article about ATI. --Aizuku (talk) 16:41, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
  • Split. Keep ATI Technologies as the article for the historical, defunct company and create AMD Graphics Product Group for the division of AMD. jgpTC 21:50, 2 September 2010 (UTC)
    • Agree With Split I agree with this vote. The ATI article should be kept for the defunct company as the company was historically valuable and influential on the computer industry, but talk of the actual Radeon or ATI graphics cards/products that are currently being made by AMD should be moved to the new AMD Graphics article.IndigoAK200 (talk) 16:19, 5 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose. This article is about the ATI company, only very little content is about the graphics group. Raysonho (talk) 03:40, 3 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose - There's no reason to rush this. The companies won't share the same name until at least the end of the year. [4] Dawnseeker2000 03:50, 3 September 2010 (UTC)
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Rename (2011/2012)[edit]

It looks like products are being branded AMD now. Raysonho, the Graphics Product Group is what was previously ATI, so what in this article is not relevant to the Graphics Product Group? Articles for defunct companies remain because that is the only place to have that article. ATI Technologies did not become defunct, it was renamed to AMD's Graphics Product Group, as this article should be. —Darxus (talk) 07:20, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Is there any current objection to renaming this article to AMD Graphics Product Group? —Darxus (talk) 04:56, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

Give it another week or so, or run a proper move proposal, given that the last one was rejected just some three months ago. --Joy [shallot] (talk) 14:41, 9 January 2011 (UTC)
I would oppose this, per the previous discussion. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 20:21, 9 January 2011 (UTC)
I would support a move. It's got "AMD Graphics Product Group" plastered all over the lead anyway, and most of the references to "ATI" outside of the History section really should be changed to "AMD" as "ATI" has not been the company name for many years now. It seems very peculiar to have the old name as the title. --Dorsal Axe 15:02, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Don't move it. If any changes, split it, so that we have one for ATI (which should be past tense), and a new article or section in the AMD article, called AMD Graphics Group(or something like that). The way its now, "ATI IS a company" is wrong. It "WAS a company". Jørgen88 (talk) 16:20, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
Per Talk:ATI, I've disambiguated all the incoming links (a few hundred, phew; only a handful corner cases remain, plus a few links referring to some other ATI) and listed it as such at the ATI disambiguation page. --Joy [shallot] (talk) 12:26, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

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