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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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  • At Least (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @06:11PM (#41974255)

    They hired the most mercenary company they could find in order to salvage what is left of their shareholder's wealth. I'm sure they've already parted with whatevery IP allowed them to compete to date. I wonder what J Pee Morgan will be able to find in this pile of smoking rubble...

    Their real estate and facilities must be worth something. Too bad they don't own clear title to their employees. Chatel used to sell well, back in the day.

  • Samsung (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @06:14PM (#41974285)
    They're the only likely candidate. Regulators would shit all over the idea of Intel buying AMD, even if they had a good reason to do it. nVidia might be interested, but again regulators would probably demand they'd divest themselves of the old ATi portion of the business. Facebook and Google? Don't see why'd they'd be interested. Dell or HP might have a sniff, but most of their business has always been built around high end Intel processors. Samsung are the only ones who make much sense, out of the list of potential suitors.
  • Re:i don't get it (Score:5, Insightful)

    by atriusofbricia (686672) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @06:48PM (#41974777) Journal

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

    I am a big fan of AMD. I really don't want to see them disappear. The /one market/ they have is cheap, high core density servers and they fucked that up when they laid off their Linux kernel devs.

    I was in the process of speccing out some new 32-core (dual socket, 16-core CPUs) 1U servers and when I heard that I shifted gears... now I am lost trying to figure out what to do now...

    And the terrible thing about that is that if you want a high density server, 16 cores per socket for instance, your choices are AMD for a reasonableish price, or Intel... oh.. wait... no.. no you can't. Because there don't seem to be any 8+ core Intel CPUs.

    So, AMD 16 core part for $519 per socket for Intel for over $1000 for an 8 core. Plus far more expensive motherboards and such. AMD going down will likely end up a disaster for anyone wanting lots of cores and not wanting to spend $1000 - $2000 per socket.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @07:29PM (#41975231)

    "Microsoft Corp, Google Inc, Samsung Electronics, Intel Corp and even Facebook Inc have been suggested by Wall Street analysts as potential suitors"

    Intel would never buy AMD. Face it - right now, Intel is *winning* in the market, pretty much legitimately (not 100%, and they used to cheat like mad, but right now they're winning more-or-less fairly). But they need a competitor to avoid a massive antitrust investigation. They need AMD as an enemy more than they need it as an asset.

    I can see Intel tossing a few hundred million at AMD to keep them alive as a competitor, much the way Microsoft did to Apple back in the mid-90s.

  • Re:At Least (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14, 2012 @02:19AM (#41977737)

    The fuck? How is Intel overpriced atm?

    You know why AMD was abandoned by the enthusiast community right? Because their high end chips BLOW compared to Intel, even when you look at price/performance.

    Have you been buying CPUs for mo than the last 3 years? Don't you remember previous generations? As AMD has gotten less competitive, Intel's prices have DROPPED! CPUs are cheap as fuck right now when you look at the relative performance that you get per dollar spent (and in absolute performance too of course).

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