|a driverheaven look inside ati's hq|
After waiting for a few minutes, along came Chris Hook who pleasantly greeted me and introduced himself. Upon introduction, we headed off to the building next door, this is where ATI assembles their prototype reference products – motherboards and graphic cards before they go into production.
We then proceeded back to the main HQ offices and started touring the building. Our first stop was their main level cafeteria. Let me tell you….it was HUGE!!! Complete with a GameCube console in the back and a “gitz” table (or soccer table for some), employees can have lunch while letting loose on the soccer table.
After Chris made me hungry by showing me food….we proceeded deeper within the building. Our first stop was their automated Catalyst Software Suite test facilities. Let me tell you, I don’ think I have ever seen so many PC’s in one room!!! There were approximately 600 computers running beta Catalyst drivers on a continual basis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After a set criterion, each system would generate a failure rate based on what it was testing. It is from there that ATI then refines the flaws and re-runs the test until the failure rate is eliminated or brought down to meet their high quality driver standards. On the opposite side of the same floor, I was brought into the area were the manual software testing was located. It is here were the actual testers go further deeper into the testing phase by testing particulars.
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