Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Jul 2006 09:20 UTC, submitted by netpython
AMD AMD, the No. 2 supplier of computer processors, is close to a deal to buy graphics chip maker ATI for USD 5.5 billion, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Any such deal would shake up the processor industry, which is witnessing a battle over market share between AMD and rival Intel.
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A well thought out plan?
by Tron on Sun 23rd Jul 2006 15:55 UTC
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Hypothetical situation:

With the advent of multi-core chips, the R&D labs at AMD have been experimenting with the next logical step: 1 CPU core and 1 graphics core. Their acquisition of ATI is a direct result of this groundbreaking new design. AMD doesn't have their own graphics core however, so they must buy someone who does.

I can envision a brand new arhitecture being created by ATI/AMD with only one Processing Unit for both graphics and general purpose computing. Interesting if true...

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