Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Nov 2012 22:24 UTC
AMD "Advanced Micro Devices has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to explore options, which could include a potential sale, as the chipmaker struggles to find a role in an industry increasingly focused on mobile and away from traditional PCs, according to three sources familiar with the situation." Woah. Bad news for competition in the x86 space.
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ARM?
by torbenm on Wed 14th Nov 2012 09:20 UTC
torbenm
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I would not be surprised if ARM buys AMD, especially now that AMD has announced it will build server chips based on ARM cores and AMDs interconnect technology. It may be precisely this technology that could make AMD attractive to ARM.

Though the x86 license is non-transferable, I believe this means AMD can't sell the license to someone else, but if someone buys AMD as a whole, I would think the license would be part of it. I would expect a model similar to the MIPS take-over: A group of companies led by ARM would aquire the patents while the x86 business is split off from this, retaining the AMD identity to keep the x86 license but with new ownership. Not unlike the recent MIPS takeover.

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