Originally posted by StealthHawk
because ATI didn't design the game console chip
ATI has publicly stated that the former ArtX team (don't remember if they call that one east or west) was prime on the R300 development.
So yeah, they did design a kick ass console chip and a kick ass PC graphics chip, on time.
There are plenty of legitimate reasons for the NV30 to be late, but if "being stretched too thin" is one of them then NVIDIA simply made a mistake, because it's not impossible to do.