Graphics chip and board maker 3Dfx Interactive Inc. will delay its Voodoo5 AGP board by up to two weeks while it sorts out manufacturing problems, the company said Wednesday.
"The company discovered that the Voodoo5 may be experiencing field failure rates at very low levels in certain configurations," 3Dfx said in a statement. "The company is conducting further tests to determine whether a problem actually exists." The board was originally scheduled to ship May 26.
A spokesman for the Santa Clara, Calif., company said that the errors have not been isolated, but suspected it was a board-level problem. The Voodoo5 combines several of 3Dfx's VSA-100 graphics accelerators to further improve the board's rendering performance. A board using a single VSA-100 chip -- branded under the Voodoo4 name -- is functioning normally.
"We're not releasing what the problem is," the spokesman said. "Our hope is that the problem will never get out to users, through our internal testing."
The graphics company has been plagued by a repeated inability to release competitive silicon on time, having missed two product cycles due to manufacturing delays, and analysts saw 3Dfx's latest glitch as another example of its failure to execute. "That poor, poor company," said analyst Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Associates, Mill Valley, Calif.
In late March, 3Dfx bought startup Gigapixel Corp. in a stock swap worth about $186 million in an effort to assuage its manufacturing and time-to-market woes. "We have a number of issues in the area of silicon execution," newly-appointed chief executive Alex Leupp said in a conference call at the time.