View Full Version : hardware life cycle

08-15-2003, 09:09 PM
When the T2 first came out, I thought it might quickly end up as good paper weight or boat anchor. Professional offerings from competitors like Matrox, Pinnacle and Canopus seemed at that time superior solutions.

It is rather ironic now that many of the competitors are trashing their old hardware to upgrade to newer offerings.
If you go to the Matrox Digisuite forum there are many outraged
customers complaining that newer and cheaper cards outperform
their dated hardware.

T3 has breathed new life into an aging videocard. I believe the life cycle of this particular card might survive the longest in this ultra competitive market.

If you look at the T3 package as a whole there is nothing
on the market that compares. In more ways than one I'm a believer and personally cannot wait until the next offering.
Praise and congrats Newtek!!!

Paul Lara
08-16-2003, 05:30 AM
...even more incredible is that this same card, essentially unchanged, has been used since 1998 for:
- Barney (the beta version)
- Frame Factory (Aura + LightWave uncompressed)
- VTNT (uncompressed only w/ Speed Razor)
- Video Toaster [2] (compressed or uncompressed)
- VT[3] (sky's the limit)

Each time, requiring nothing more than inserting a new CD and being treated to new features and functionality.

Cool, huh? :cool:

08-16-2003, 05:34 AM
don't forget us Amiga guys!

Paul Lara
08-16-2003, 05:38 AM
Well, the Amiga Toaster was not the same capture card, which is the point of this thread.

08-16-2003, 05:41 AM
Yea I know,
but we are still being serviced by Newtek and the boards aren't ending up as paper weights or boat anchors, like the ones he mentioned;)

Paul Lara
08-16-2003, 06:00 AM
You are correct, Sir! :p

08-18-2003, 08:09 AM
As attractive as HD is it looks as though SD will be around for
many years and T3 will continue to thrive in the SD market.

One would project the next offering from Newtek may include
a version of HD, however the bandwidth requirements for
uncompressed HD would be 6 times that of uncompressed SD.
At this time, a software solution for HD would be a few years
off before being capable of doing multiple streams of HD.

Some viable alternatives that are beginning to emerge now are
compressed HD standards like HD meg2 that alleviate some of
the bandwidth requirements.

R and D must be at some stage of development
for the next generation of video cards offered by Newtek.
Will we see a T4 or a completely new card
with a new architecture in the not too distant future?