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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The power problem
by ze_jerkface on Wed 14th Nov 2012 17:05 UTC
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AMD is always one step behind Intel when it comes to efficiency. Intel invests heavily into R&D and a buyer like Apple would have to ramp up R&D to match which isn't something that could happen overnight even if they were willing to spend the money.

It would be less of an issue for a company looking to build full server stacks with proprietary extensions or simply to put "works best with Oracle cpus" on the box. But AMD has a red balance sheet and I'm not sure how much of their losses could be cut by selling off unneeded divisions.

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