Guillemot (Hercules) gives up graphics/LCD

cm123

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GUILLEMOT CORPORATION said it is sick of the graphics card business and is throwing in the towel.
In a statement, the company complained of "very weak gross margins" in the graphics board and monitor markets, and said it wanted to to something else instead.


HERE is the link to whole story

Are there many of you left using Hecules cards anyway?

They used to be one of my most fav cards, sold, built and used tons of them (used to).
 

Megatomic

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Well, their sound card business is not doing so well either. They better come up with something quick or they're history.

Perhaps they'll suck up to NV again and make GeForce cards once more?
 

Cerb

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They deserve it on the sound cards. Don't name something Game Theater when it screws up 3d sound and EAX effects.
 

Thor86

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Sad, sad day. I still use their Geforce 2 Ultra and Geforce 3 cards. They sure made the nicest looking video cards for the time, and it's too bad they couldn't modify things to make their version different from other vanilla reference designs.
 

sirspotticus

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Guillemot is a joke and their customer service blows. Need a replacement or repair? Sure, pay shipping to Canada or France and it will be back in a couple months. In my case I had to ship it twice cause they lied about my breakout box being broken the first time. Die Guillemot, Die.

p.s. Die
 

metalmania

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Wish granted.

Originally posted by: sirspotticus
Guillemot is a joke and their customer service blows. Need a replacement or repair? Sure, pay shipping to Canada or France and it will be back in a couple months. In my case I had to ship it twice cause they lied about my breakout box being broken the first time. Die Guillemot, Die.

p.s. Die

 

boran

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man, I really liked hercules (the graphics devision) my first ever video thinngie was a hercules, cant remember the name tho, but it had a whoppin' 64 kb graphics array and could emulate EGA ;)

I only stopped buying em when they switched to ATI only (their 8500 was just crap, never seen so many crashes and glitches in my entire life)
 

nemesismk2

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"Hot from Hercules:

Hercules is no more in the videocard market. The official pressrelease is not out yet, but I just got of the phone and was allowed to publish this around 4 (16.00 GMT+1).

They are also out of the LCD market. The word is that on the 3d market they got to little workspace to work with. ATI is not willing to let Hercules build products according to the Hercules way.

[update 2]
But on the LCD market, high level LCD panels manufacturers (such as Samsung with whom Hercules don't work anymore since last year and Hydis = Hyundai displays with whom we were working) are keeping there lcd panels for there own brand lcd monitors. Which is quite normal.

So there isn't any restrictions from LCD manufacturers.
The fact is that Hercules always targetted the high level consumer market
with their monitors and as there are none high-level lcd panels anymore, Hercules could have bought mid- range or entry-level panels, but this wouldn't the answer the expectations of our core target.

The Hercules videocards always differed from others, by special BIOS, clockspeed and/or ramspeed. As you may have noticed is that Hercules ATI based products were not really different from other brands. The reason behind it was ATI.

[update 1]
Hercules will still give full customer support as long as needed for their excisting customers. So if you have a Hercules board, no need to worry on warranty and other services.

[editor's note]
There is nobody to blame here, as I can understand the way ATI works. From ATI's point of view is control very important. With control you are certain that your products are always on the same (high) level across the different vendors.

From Hercules point of view, I can understand that you want to differ yourself. The market is tough enough, how else would you survive? On pricepoint alone? That was not what Hercules was about."

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sirspotticus

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Originally posted by: nemesismk2
What does this all mean for PowerVR series5 (Kyro4) which Hercules was very interested in supporting?



It means you'll be getting an nv40 or r420 instead ;)


DIE Guillemot, DIE
 

Elcs

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Originally posted by: nemesismk2
What does this all mean for PowerVR series5 (Kyro4) which Hercules was very interested in supporting?

Did I miss something? I know there was a Kyro I and I owned a Kyro II but I cant remember the Kyro III being released.

Looking at LCD's, the Prophetview LCD's always looked the business and I was tempted.... but student loans arent healthy to blow all on booze, women and fast computers.
 

nemesismk2

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Originally posted by: sirspotticus
Originally posted by: nemesismk2
What does this all mean for PowerVR series5 (Kyro4) which Hercules was very interested in supporting?

It means you'll be getting an nv40 or r420 instead ;)


DIE Guillemot, DIE

My MSI Geforce FX5900 XT VIVO and Sapphire R9600 XT will last me abit longer yet and I usually skip a generation anyway! :)