Firing Squad has an article running today about the last days of 3dfx. 3dfx pretty much single handedly convinced consumers they needed a 3d graphics accelerator in their computers….well, I guess John Carmack/Id Software played a big role as well, but anyway, for about 5-6 years 3dfx totally dominated the business. They died shortly after releasing the V5500, a card I owned and liked and I was really sorry to see them go under, not just because I couldn’t get drivers for my card anymore, but because I feared there would be a loss of competition in the graphics card market. Fortunately ATI stepped it up, but it took them several years to really become competitive with nVidia.
Anyway, it’s a good article and has some insider dope on the last days of the company. I’m waiting to see if nVidia ends up using any of the patents and engineers they aquired from nVidia in their upcoming (xmastime) cards.