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The ATi Wonder Series represents some of the first graphics add on products for IBM Personal computers and compatibles introduced by ATi Technologies in the mid to late 1980s. These cards were unique at the time as they offered the end user a considerable amount of value by combining support for multiple graphics standards (and monitors) into a single card. The VGA Wonder series added additional value with the inclusion of a bus mouse port, which normally required the installation of a dedicated Microsoft Bus Mouse adapter.
The VGA Wonder series later merged with the ATi Mach series of cards in 1990. The ATi Graphics Ultra (VRAM) and ATi Graphics Vantage (DRAM) cards both featured independent VGA Wonder ASICs in addition to their Mach8 8514 compatible coprocessor chips. The Graphics Ultra was later renamed the VGA Wonder GT. In 1992, their following product line, the Mach32, integrated the VGA wonder core and coprocessor into a single IC. At this point the VGA Wonder line was cancelled and replaced with a cost reduced DRAM based version of Mach32 known as the "ATi Graphics Wonder".

MDA/CGA Cards


Release YearP/NProduct NameChipset Memory  Display ModesI/ONotesPhoto
1985
 Color Emulation Card 16KB, at leastAt least CGA emulationAt least monochrome TTL, problably also RGBI TTLThis card was mentioned once in an online competition, but little is known about them except that Commodore and Kaypro bought some for use in their products.
1986168228Graphics Solution
ATI CW16800-A/ATI CW16800-B, 684564KB of DRAMAt least CGA and MDA emulationMonochrome and RGBI TTL, Optional parallel port if 168229 expansion board is installed (only on some cards) 
1987168238Graphics Solution Plus SP (Serial/Parallel)ATI CW16800-B, 684564KB of DRAMCGA (Plantonics color+) and MDA (Hercules) emulationMonochrome and RGBI TTL, Serial and Parallel ports
1987168248Graphics Solution Plus ATI CW16800-B, 684564KB of DRAMCGA (Plantonics color+) and MDA (Hercules) emulationMonochrome and RGBI TTL  

168328Graphics Solution SR (Static-RAM)ATI CW16800-B, 684564KB of SRAMCGA (Plantonics color+) and MDA (Hercules) emulationMonochrome and RGBI TTL, Composite OutputThis was the first Graphics Solution card to use SRAM rather than DRAM.
198818701Graphics Solution SC (Single-Chip), Small Wonder Graphics Solution version 1ATI 1870064KB of SRAMCGA (Plantonics color+) and MDA (Hercules) emulationMonochrome and RGBI TTL, Composite output or GameportMade in several different variants, some with a gameport instead of the composite output, some with alternative font ROMs and some lacked both the composite output and gameport. The name was changed to "Small Wonder Graphics Solution version 1" shortly after launch.ATi Small Wonder Graphics Solution V1
198818703Small Wonder Graphics Solution Version 2ATI 1870064KB of SRAMCGA (Plantonics color+) and MDA (Hercules) emulationMonochrome and RGBI TTL, Composite outputCan use SRAMs of either 600mil or 300mil width. 
1988109005100Small Wonder Graphics Solution Version 3 ATI 1870064KB of DRAM or 64KB of SRAMCGA (Plantonics color+) and MDA (Hercules) emulationMonochrome and RGBI TTL, Composite output (optional)This is the final Graphics Solution card. It is unique in that it can be equipped with either DRAM or SRAM, probably to cut costs.ATi Small Wonder Graphics Solution V3

EGA Cards

Release YearP/NProduct NameChipset    MemoryDisplay ModesI/ONotesPhoto
1987    16890EGA Wonder Series 1 256KB of DRAMCGA and MDA (dual-page Hercules) emulation. EGAMonochrome, RGBI, and RrGgBb TTL, Composite outputs 
198716892EGA Wonder Series 2-4 256KB of DRAMCGA, MDA and (dual-page Hercules) emulation. EGA and Extended EGAMonochrome, RGBI, and RrGgBb TTL, Composite outputs ATi EGA Wonder Series 2-4
198816900, 104001500EGA Wonder 800ATI 16899-0, CHIPS P82C435256KB of DRAMCGA, MDA (dual-page Hercules) and 16-color VGA emulation. EGA and Extended EGAMonochrome, RGBI, and RrGgBb TTL, Composite outputsSome models had surface mount DRAMsEGA Wonder 800
198816900, 104001500EGA Wonder 480ATI 16899-0, CHIPS P82C435256KB of DRAMCGA, MDA (dual-page Hercules) and 16-color VGA emulation. EGA and Extended EGAMonochrome, RGBI and RrGgBb TTLCost reduced model. Soldered DRAM. No feature connector or compositeEGA Wonder 480
1988109006000EGA Wonder 800+ATI 18800-1256KB of DRAMCGA, MDA (dual-page Hercules), EGA and Extended EGA emulation. 16-color VGAMonochrome, RGBI and RrGgBb TTLRebadged "VGA Edge" lacking the analogue VGA port and RAMDACATi EGA Wonder 800+

VGA Cards


Release YearP/NProduct NameChipsetMemoryDisplay ModesI/ONotesPhoto
198718008VIP (VGA Improved Performance)ATI 16899-0, CHIPS P82C441256KB DRAMMDA (dual-page Hercules) and CGA emulation. EGA, extended EGA, and limited VGAMonochrome, RGBI and RrGgBb TTL, RGB analogSupports graphics with Softsense automatic mode switching, Original MSRP: $449 ($99 for Compaq expansion module), essentially an EGA wonder with DAC tacked on. ATI's first attempt at a VGA cardATi V.I.P. (VGA Improved Performance)
1988 VGA Wonder, VGA Wonder 256ATI 18800, ATI 18830256KB/512KB DRAMMDA (dual-page Hercules), CGA, EGA and extended EGA emulation. VGA and SVGAMonochrome, RGBI and RrGgBb TTL, RGB analogAdds support for monitor auto-sensing (switchless configuration), uses on-board EEPROM to store configuration information. 256kb model referred to as "VGAWONDER 256" 
1988109004800VGA Wonder 16 v2/v3ATI 18800, ATI 18820, ATI 18830256KB/512KB DRAMMDA (dual-page Hercules), CGA, EGA and extended EGA emulation. VGA and SVGAMonochrome, RGBI and RrGgBb TTL, RGB analog, Bus-Mouse port, VESA Feature connectorMSRP: $499 (256KB) or $699 (512KB)ATi VGAWonder-16 V3
1989109006000VGA Wonder Rev 1, VGA Edge, VGA 88ATI 18800-1256KB DRAMMDA (dual-page Hercules), CGA, EGA and extended EGA emulation. VGA and SVGAMonochrome, RGBI and RrGgBb TTL, RGB analogRebadged VGA Wonder based on the more recent ATI 18800-1 chipsetATi VGA Edge-8 (VGA 88)
1989109006300VGA Wonder 16 v4ATI 18800-1, ATI 18820256KB/512KB DRAMMDA (dual-page Hercules), CGA, EGA and extended EGA emulation. VGA and SVGAMonochrome, RGBI and RrGgBb TTL, RGB analog, Bus-Mouse port, VESA Feature connectorThe same as v3, but with the new ATI 18800-1 chipsetATi VGA Wonder-16 V4
1989109007200VGA Wonder 16 v5ATI 18800-1, ATI 18820256KB/512KB DRAMMDA (dual-page Hercules), CGA, EGA and extended EGA emulation. VGA and SVGAMonochrome, RGBI and RrGgBb TTL, RGB analog, Bus-Mouse port, VESA Feature connectorThe same as v4, but uses a single clock generator instead of a set of individual oscillatorsATi VGA Wonder-16 V5
1989109008500VGA Edge 16ATI 18800-1256KB DRAMMDA (dual-page Hercules), CGA, EGA and extended EGA emulation. VGA and SVGARGB analog, VESA Feature connectorCost reduced VGA Wonder 16 V5. Despite having "VGA 1024" on the PCB was actually a retail product sold along side the "VGA Edge 8". ATi VGA Edge-16
1990109009500, 1090010910, 1090012220VGA Wonder+ATI 28800-2, ATI 28800-4, or
ATI 28800-5
256KB/512KB (and later models 1MB) DRAMMDA (dual-page Hercules), CGA, EGA and extended EGA emulation. VGA, SVGA and VESA compabilityMonochrome, RGBI and RrGgBb TTL, RGB analog, Bus-Mouse port, VESA Feature connectorBased on a new chipset which claimed to offer speeds rivalling VRAM based cards, Dual page mode memory access, Dynamic CPU/CRT interleaving.ATi VGA Wonder+
19911090012220, 1090014310VGA Wonder XLATI 28800-5
or
ATI 28800-6
256KB/512KB/1MB DRAMMDA (dual-page Hercules), CGA, EGA and extended EGA emulation. VGA, SVGA, VESA compability and 32K colorMonochrome, RGBI and RrGgBb TTL, RGB analog, Bus-Mouse port, VESA Feature connectorSierra RAMDAC adds support for 15-bit colour in 640x480@72Hz, 800x600@60Hz. Original MSRP: $229 (256KB RAM), $349 (512KB RAM), $399 (1MB RAM). Early versions based on the ATI18810-0 (ICS1394) clock generator got an additional 45MHz oscillator, which the more recent versions based on the ATI18811-0 (ICS2494) clock generator does not contain
19921092414310VGA Wonder XL24ATI 28800-6512KB/1MB DRAMMDA (dual-page Hercules), CGA, EGA and extended EGA emulation. VGA, SVGA, VESA compability, 32K color and 16M colorMonochrome, RGBI and RrGgBb TTL, RGB analog, Bus-Mouse port, VESA Feature connectorMost cards (BIOS 112-14318-102) contains a Brooktree Bt481KPJ85 RAMDAC that adds support for hi and true colour graphics modes, while the remaining cards (BIOS 112-14322-102) uses an equalent AT&T RAMDACATi VGAWonder XL24

ATi VGA Integra (1990)
  • Cost reduced version based on new ATi 28800 ASIC
  • Lacks bus mouse connector
  • Uses a much smaller PCB with a surface mount BIOS & RAMDAC
  • Supports SVGA Graphics with 72 Hz refresh rates
  • 512KB DRAM
ATi VGA Basic-16 (1990)
  • PCB layout similar to VGA Integra but using cheaper RAMDAC
  • Only supports the basic 60 Hz VGA modes of the IBM VGA standard from 1987
  • 256KB DRAM (not upgradable)
ATi VGA Charger (1991)
  • Similar to VGA Basic-16, but can be upgraded to 512KB
ATi VGA Stereo·F/X
  • Chipset: ATI 28800
  • Combines a VGA Wonder XL with a Sound Blaster 1.5
  • Features "fake" stereo sound
  • 512KB or 1MB DRAM
ATi VGA Wonder 1024
  • A series of OEM or cost reduced versions of several VGA Wonder models
  • Typically lacks the bus mouse connector and/or the digital TTL output
  • The ATI produced variants were mostly based on previous cards with features removed, either in BIOS or by using lower quality parts.