1. noun; A company that makes video cards.
2. acronym; Array Technologies Incorporated
a little bit of ATi's history.
ATi was founded in 1985 and worked primarily in the OEM field, it produced integrated graphics cards for large PC manufacturers like IBM and Commodore. They made Graphics chips for Game systems like the wii (codenamed Hollywood, which is a modified version of the gamecube chip called flapper) ATi also made the graphics core for the XBOX 360 (codenamed Xenos).
July 24, 2006, AMD and ATI announced a plan to merge together where they would go on to make graphics cards with poor Pixel shader support and a notoriously bad driver set for Linux. Also noted not to work with MS Dos in graphics mode.
Windows user: I just got a new ATi card, I'm going to OWN so hard in Halflife 2 now!
Linux user: Oh grate an ATi card, I just love having 10 fps in Quake arena.
September 10, 2008