ATI Technologies Inc. was one of the largest companies in hardware that designed GPU and graphics cards, was bought by AMD in 2006 but kept its name for some products to exit the series Radeon HD 6000 in 2010. Its market monopolized all kinds of products for graphics processing and multimedia, both for personal computers, such as for portable devices, game consoles, mobile phones and digital television . Its foundation dates from August 20 of 1985 (ATI). The company has been known by several names. Founded calling Array Technology Inc. , but during the first five months was changed to Array Technologies Inc., on 18 December 1985 was renamed ATI Technologies Inc. , and finally became part of AMD on 25 October 2006.
AMD is headquartered in Markham, Ontario, in Canada. Its workforce, according to its Web site corporate, is 3,300 direct employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Although the manufacture of products from AMD is mainly in Canada and Taiwan. ATI was founded by Kwok Yuen Ho (born in China), Benny Lau and Lee Lau (both born in Hong Kong ). Ho, the youngest son of a humble family, he had alternated studies with work in the field. He graduated in Electronic Engineering career and began a successful career through businesses Philips Electronics and Wong’s Electronics Co. Ltd where he gained a great experience, until in 1984 he emigrated to Canada.
Kwok Yuen Ho could no longer work in jobs of your choice such as those developed in the previous period in Asia, the first few months in Canada were tough, but was lucky enough to meet the immigrants also Benny Lau and Lee Lau with similar concerns him, and founded Array Technology Inc.. This was a graphic company but the final project was devoted to computers but to accumulate much capital they needed so they had to start saving with this humble company.
The beginnings were very difficult, the template was only 6 people including the three founders and due to having no support for the capital was depleted until a few months after its foundation had to borrow money to keep going. The market demanded and ATI graphics chips with Commodore signed an agreement whereby the company would supply, and thus was exceeded initial hump at the end of 1986 the company had increased its capital and produced more than 7 thousands of graphics chips 2D per week.