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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RE[4]: Thom
by r_a_trip on Wed 14th Nov 2012 09:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Thom"
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Unless someone does a reverse triangular merger, whereby the purchaser creates a shell subsidiary that purchases AMD and then merges the subsidiary into AMD. In this construction AMD becomes a wholly owned subsidiary, but it survives as a business entity and all non-transferable assets endure.

If the Intel - AMD licensing agreements don't have specific verbiage about this scenario, someone could buy AMD and keep the x86 licenses intact.

It's the same trick Attachmate used to acquire Novell and keep Novell intact.

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