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 Neolander on Wed 14th Nov 2012 09:50 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Thom"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

Microsoft could buy them, and then start using their CPUs and GPUs in things like Xbox, and then start optimising Windows for their CPUs while optimising their CPUs for Windows. They could ignore any new features Intel creates, and Intel would have to support Microsoft's new features just to maintain market share (while competing against ARM at the same time).

I'm scared.

- Brendan

Apple have tried many times relying on CPUs from a single manufacturer. It has arguably never worked well on a large scale except with Intel. So why would Microsoft bother?

Their tight control on UEFI sounds much more worrying to me.

Edited 2012-11-14 09:50 UTC

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RE[5]: Thom
by Flatland_Spider on Wed 14th Nov 2012 16:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Thom"
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2006-09-01

Apple's CPU suppliers had other businesses besides CPUs, and they weren't as focused as Intel is.

MS and Intel wouldn't have to compete directly. MS could use Intel consultants and fabs. Plus, the two have a long history, so I would expect it to be more of a mutual thing rather than antagonistic.

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RE[5]: Thom
by zima on Thu 15th Nov 2012 21:31 in reply to "RE[4]: Thom"
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Their tight control on UEFI sounds much more worrying to me.

And isn't AMD semi-supportive of OSS alternatives to UEFI? Now, that would be a nice thing for MS to kill off... ;p

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RE[6]: Thom
by Neolander on Fri 16th Nov 2012 06:39 in reply to "RE[5]: Thom"
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"Their tight control on UEFI sounds much more worrying to me."

And isn't AMD semi-supportive of OSS alternatives to UEFI? Now, that would be a nice thing for MS to kill off... ;p

MS don't need to kill OSS alternatives to UEFI: they control the UEFI spec, and they can force pretty much any mobo manufacturer to implement it through the Windows monopoly, that's more than enough.

Edited 2012-11-16 06:46 UTC

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