Matrox to Develop Embedded Graphics Cards with NVIDIA

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    bobblunderton Member Guru

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    Every time I see the name Matrox, I remember those days...
    Those days before 3D accelerated this and 3D that, where you'd buy the fast Matrox MGA 4mb PCI video card, to snazz up Quake performance on your "CyrixInstead" 6x86 PR150+ @ 120mhz overclocked to PR166+ @ 133mhz (by jumpers, because, no, they didn't stop you). Or a year later grab that Matrox Millenium II AGP 4mb/8mb card to stick in your brand-new high-tech Pentium II PC. Then a year later or so the G200 or series. We had Voodoo / Voodoo II 3D add-in cards by then. Then came Voodoo 3, Voodoo 4 (meh), and Voodoo 5 5500 64mb cards "all in one 2d / 3d", and Matrox faded out of the glory days. It was too little too late, for them; after being wowed by the most vivid 3D colors, brighter than ever before seen on my non-flat Trinitron screen on my new Voodoo 5500 64mb AGP card.
    The many days tinkering on the PC after class as a teenager in the 90s, choosing 'Matrox MGA / Millenium II' for my Xconfig settings in Linux...

    We remember you Matrox, and your fancy mid-to-late 90's 100~200$ video card boxes gleaming with 'cones of divine light' to us, from 100 feet away, at computer trade shows. We always will look at you with that rose-colored tint of Nostalgia.
    You have the ability. Why don't you kick things up a notch by becoming an NVidia standard AIB outright?

    I still have a Millenium G200 AGP in the drawer here, for the record. It sits right next to my Sound Blaster 16, in a seeming state of suspended animation, dreaming, awaiting the day when it gets put into that beige new ATX case it so desires. One day. One day when they don't want astronomical prices for Asus P3BF boards out there on Flea Bay.

    Just wrote that up for all the about-40-years-old crowd like myself. We lived through that, what an exciting time for PC users to live through if you were into hardware. You never knew what cool gadget or PC game would be looming over the horizon. It may never be as fun as it was back then.
     
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    I had the I had matrox millennium & G200 (AGPx4) and the ever so lovely Dual head G400max. Those were the days :)
     
  4. RooiKreef

    RooiKreef Master Guru

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    Are you serious? I thought Matrox is long out of business. Nice to see them still being around. Who knows with Intel coming to the GPU market and Matrox showing face I think the future is looking promising for us consumers.
     

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    jbscotchman Ancient Guru

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    I don't want video walls, I want holograms! We're five years beyond Back to the Future 2 now.
     
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    Yeah, same here, I had those same early Matrix cards, then later added a Voodoo 3D cards to it playing many hours of Quake GL the original Team Fortress before Valve bought it.

    I also thought Matrix went out of business so this article surprised me. They must have been making other hardware other than graphics stuff over the years.
     
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    Solfaur Ancient Guru

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    One of my first PCs had a Matrox card in it. Don't ask me what model though, as I was a noob kid back then, but it did its job pretty well (until games like HL1 came out and it was a pain, lol). Always nice to see such old companies are still around. They found their niche and kept on going, good for them!
     
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    Hated my matrox millennium 4MB with et6000 because it wasn't supported by univbe at the time. paid all my money for it (400 guilders).
    still i was happy with it when i got my powervr or voodoo1 card had m both but it's years ago
    AMD or Cyrix cpu times lol.
     
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    I was too young and too poor to buy proper videocards back then; but how could I forget Matrox, I remember reading the reviews in actual (paper) tech magazines, looking at the pictures, and imagining how cool it would be to own one.
    From that approx. era I remember having some cheap S3 Trio (3D?) card, and later an Intel i740 which actually was able to play some games which was with me for a long time, until a Geforce 5500 or something. Been 15-20 years since then. Good times for PC gaming, incredibly exciting and never knowing what sort of revolutionary device is 'round the corner.
     
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    Ah yes, the creators of Bump Mapping back in the late late 90s.
     

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    Another positive move by Nvidia to secure more business-oriented custom. Looks like a good partnership for both companies.
     
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    Matrox there's a name that I haven't heard in a long time. I knew that they were still in business. I remember how good Matrox was up to a certain point.
     

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