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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by Kochise on Mon 24th Jul 2006 07:40 UTC
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ATI has some problems making decent chipsets for AMD. Now if AMD buy ATI, I think that ATI will finally get enough support to offer AMD more self integrated chipset that can compete with Intel's Centrino offering.

Also the HyperTransport bus and the new ATI Ring shaped bus are really close. So I guess a new kind of GPU that will be 100% HyperTransport compatible would follow and interconnect in a multiprocessor (Athlon, Opteron, ...) configuration as a new calculation node.

With new physic drivers relying on the GPU (instead of a specialized processor), a better integration in the calculation process (HyperTransport vs AGP/PCI-X), I think AMD+ATI will blast everything currently existing ;)

Kochise, Xfingers (crossing finger)

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