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[3]: Thom
by Morgan on Tue 13th Nov 2012 23:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Thom"
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i don't think they could even find a buyer
nobody in their right mind would go headon with intel,

I was actually thinking someone would want to buy them for the graphics hardware, and transition the CPU side to focus on mobile. That way they aren't directly competing with Intel (yet).

and intel can't buy them thanks to some anti-competitive laws

Stranger things have happened, but you're right, it probably wouldn't be Intel. At least, not without some interesting courtroom antics.

Edited 2012-11-13 23:24 UTC

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RE[4]: Thom
by zima on Wed 14th Nov 2012 00:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Thom"
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Nvidia buying AMD for the GFX part, ceasing AMD x86 line? (since the license is non-transferable*, and since Nv is focusing on their Project Denver ARM - where AMD CPU talent should come handy)
Now that would be some behemoth... and maybe even without many formal or legislative roadblocks?

*this x86-licensing thing is weird, though - apparently, Nvidia did sell x86 processors at some point:
The license can be market-specific, for example embedded only? ~i386-only?

Edited 2012-11-14 00:11 UTC

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RE[5]: Thom
by oiaohm on Wed 14th Nov 2012 00:40 in reply to "RE[4]: Thom"
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--The license can be market-specific, for example embedded only? ~i386-only?-- No

i386 is 1985 for the instruction set. Add 20 years. 2005 patents died on instruction set. The Same design as Nvidia x86 chip is still in production. Nvidia sold that design off to a different maker.

Embedded x86 mostly uses patent expired.

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