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Thursday, January 18, 2001
3dfx Co-Founder Interviewed
8:09 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

After NVIDIA's purchase of 3dfx' intellectual property and the announcement that 3dfx would be closing it's doors in February, the 3D card scene has been relatively quiet, with the exception of public relations staff going about their rounds of damage control. However, the insiders still have something to say, and Gary Tarolli, co-founder of 3dfx, spoke with 3D Pulpit about what led to and ultimately killed 3dfx, and his feelings about the deal:

3. How do you - and all the engineers - feel about the efforts that went into Rampage, Sage, Fusion and Fear that are all down the drain now? How hard was this news to break to the 3dfx staff?

I feel terrible - we were so close! The engineers are obviously disappointed. But not all of the work went down the drain. NVIDIA bought the technology and hopefully some of the ideas and techniques will live on and see the light of day in future chips.

Tarolli also reveals that he and over 100 former-3dfx engineers will be moving to NVIDIA. Of those 100 plus engineers, it appears that at least two were on the Macintosh driver team at 3dfx. Also, Ray Swartz was asked by NVIDIA to submit his resume for review, an excellent development to say the least -- having Mac loyalists on NVIDIA's staff will certainly speed along that company's plans for the Mac platform, whatever they may be.

Gary Tarolli Interviewed at 3D Pulpit

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