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AMD Hires Bank To Explore Sale Options 226

Posted by Soulskill
from the who-gets-what's-left-of-ATI dept.
Dainsanefh tips this report from Reuters: "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. ... Some investors believe part or all of AMD could be bought by a technology company that might want to emulate Apple Inc's tight control of software and components, a strategy credited in part for the success of the iPad and iPhone. Microsoft Corp, Google Inc, Samsung Electronics, Intel Corp and even Facebook Inc have been suggested by Wall Street analysts as potential suitors that could benefit from some of AMD's chip business, including its graphics division, PC processors and server chips. Others say AMD's most valuable asset may be its deep bench of engineers or its patents." Update: 11/14 01:44 GMT by S : In an emailed statement, an AMD representative said the company "is not actively pursuing a sale of the company or significant assets at this time."
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AMD Hires Bank To Explore Sale Options

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  • Re:AMD was better (Score:5, Informative)

    by viperidaenz (2515578) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @05:26PM (#41974477)

    All Bulldozer-based processors and future generation AMD processors have hardware accelerated AES. Intel usually doesn't, but frequently they don't even specify it.

    http://ark.intel.com/search/advanced?AESTech=true [intel.com] Right down to the first-gen Core i5's

    AMD processors all support ECC memory, while Intel usually only supports it in the Xeon processors (which can cost thousands of dollars).

    http://ark.intel.com/search/advanced/?s=t&ECCMemory=true [intel.com] Even i3 CPU's support ECC.

    AMD was also committed to Coreboot for a while, which was great for our freedom. (Unfortunately, they haven't released the required specifications for their more recent chips.)

    You mean they not only failed to promote your freedom, they also reneged on a promise?

  • by thedarknite (1031380) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @06:01PM (#41974941) Homepage
    The article text actually says that they are not pursuing a sale strategy but they need to fix their profitability. AMD is the GPU supplier for the Wii U, and early development boxes for the new xbox and playstation are running AMD chipsets. So AMD should just need to stay afloat until all the next gen consoles are released to return to being profitable.
  • Re:i don't get it (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @06:09PM (#41975017)

    intel processors soundly trump AMD in almost every conceivable metric that matters

    Except price/performance.

  • Re:AMD was better (Score:5, Informative)

    by Microlith (54737) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @06:14PM (#41975065)

    AMD processors all support ECC memory, while Intel usually only supports it in the Xeon processors (which can cost thousands of dollars).

    http://ark.intel.com/search/advanced/?s=t&ECCMemory=true [intel.com] Even i3 CPU's support ECC.

    Only for a small, random smattering of chips. The vast majority of i5s and i7s you find on Newegg and the like don't, and most systems that ship also don't include CPUs with ECC support. It's certainly not universal across all products, while AMD has made things like VT-x, VT-d, and ECC common to all their processors.

  • Re:At Least (Score:5, Informative)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <.bassbeast1968. .at. .gmail.com.> on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @07:09PM (#41975573) Journal

    Actually the company was already dead sadly, the former CEO completely gutted the company [insideris.com] by firing ALL the chip designers for lousy software automated chip layouts, killing the next gen of the promising chips like Bobcat, and killing Thuban when he knew that bulldozer was gonna be a dog.

    Let us just hope somebody buys them and turns the company around, they could do just as Intel did by going back to their K8 design and doing to it what Intel did to the P3 that became Core, because if they close their doors get ready to get royally fucked by Intel. You think their chips are high now? Wait until they have ZERO competition, hell the ONLY reason you have the Pentiums and Celerons is to keep a foot in the low to mid markets, no AMD? You won't find anything but Ultrabooks and $600 chips, mark my words.

    Its a fucking shame, that's what it is, just a fucking shame. the Thubans still have a hell of a bang for the buck as do the Athlon triples and quads and work great for almost any task. I'm just glad i got my Thuban when i did, it should last me for a good 3 or 4 years and maybe by then this whole mess will have straightened out for the better.

    One final thing, for those that are cheering ARM as its "anything but win tel"? Enjoy your black boxes suckers, Apple is showing the future there, locked down black boxes where you can't add shit, upgrade shit, and you throw it in the trash and buy another every couple of years because you can't even add fricking storage space to the damned things. don't think android will save you either, there are already several locked down Android devices out there, remember Android is based on GPL V2 and NO GPL V3 is allowed, that is so they can "TiVo trick" your ass.

    Frankly I look at the future and i don't know whether to be sad or fucking disgusted, because it looks like we are gonna go back to the 80s, with everything proprietary, and damned if consumers don't line up to get screwed with a smile on their stupid faces...damn, just...damn.

  • Re:At Least (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @10:40PM (#41977017)
    Fuck China, even if they did ok with maintaining IBM's ThinkPad quality - until they decided to ditch its perfect keyboard. China does not innovate. It was Intel, with AMD constantly biting its heels, who drove the rapid advancement of low-cost, high-speed, powerful microprocessors. Wow! They ran desktop OSes i.e. Microsoft. Losing AMD will fucking suck innovation-wise. Wheeeee! But I want my tablet like in the commercials where everybody's so hipster happy! On this path, when you need workstation level performance, go to the office and work on your $10k entry-level workstation. Damned fools for yielding yet more personal power and freedom, in favor of the dubious online shiny. Oh good idea! Lets let low cost, high-value, open desktops crash and burn. Not every damned corporate app is a simple front-end to a corporate database.

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