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Advanced Micro Devices in $5bn merger talks with ATI


By Tony Glover - Technology Editor
23 July 2006

ADVANCED Micro Devices (AMD), the world’s second largest microchip producer after Intel, is discussing a merger with Canadian chipmaker ATI Technologies. A deal would value ATI at around $5.5bn (E4.35bn, £3bn).

At the weekend, Hector Ruiz, chief executive of US computer chip giant AMD, was reported to be holding takeover talks with Dave Orton, chief executive of specialist graphics chip maker ATI Technologies.

On Wall Street, late Friday night, there was speculation that an agreement on a merger could be announced this week.

According to US sources, AMD is prepared to pay a premium of more than 20% on ATI’s current share price. This would value the Canadian- based company at around $5bn On Friday, AMD shares rallied on takeover rumours following a fall when the company failed to meet analysts’ expectations for its second quarter despite a 53% year-on-year growth in sales.

Wall Street is not in a forgiving mood with firms that fail to meet investor’s expectations.

A merger of these two microchip giants would shake up the US computer chips industry by closing the gap between AMD and its main rival market leader Intel.

Over the past three years, AMD has consistently won market share from Intel, once the undisputed king of the computer chip sector, despite AMD’s lack of a graphics chip arm.

The war between Intel and AMD intensified this year with a price-cutting battle between the two manufacturers which has slashed both companies’ profits.

Last week, Intel disappointed the market with a 57% year-on-year drop in net income in the second quarter to $885m and a warning that third-quarter revenue will be below expectations.

But there was some concern on Wall Street that buying ATI at such a premium could prove be a burden for AMD.


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I believe it was being talked about here before, but it certainly still looks promising.
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Very interesting. icon_smile.gif
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Very interesting. We will just have to wait and see what this does to the computer world if it goes ahead.

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Good Read... Intresting AMD are going for ATI...

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Nice, I think...any ideas on what this means for the extra-sexy amd and ati customers?
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Here's another article about this topic: http://www.megagames.com/news/html/hardwar...-corenews.shtml
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Well, maybe they'll actually get their fucking chipsets out.

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So now i guess intel will side with nVidia, this could be very interesting

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QUOTE (7h3 n00b m4573r @ Jul 23 2006, 05:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So now i guess intel will side with nVidia, this could be very interesting

I don't think nVidia would do that.
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QUOTE (piggyspizza @ Jul 23 2006, 07:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is it even possible to spend 5 Billion in a life time other then charities and porn sites


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QUOTE (piggyspizza @ Jul 23 2006, 06:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is it even possible to spend 5 Billion in a life time other then charities and porn sites

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QUOTE (DougHChrist @ Jul 23 2006, 04:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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Lol, QFT

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QUOTE (DougHChrist @ Jul 23 2006, 06:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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QUOTE (a1gaius @ Jul 23 2006, 05:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't think nVidia would do that.


Why wouldn't they do it? I think they'll find it in their best interests to go with intel since AMD will be merged with ATI so that AMD will have a different maker for its chipsets and will obviously support crossfire instead of SLI. That is unless nVidia wants to compete with ATI for the AMD chipsets but considering that AMD and ATI will be one good luck to them if they wanna do that.

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This is a dream come true to me, AMD + ATI together at last... now double the ownage!

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theyve always been compatible... and the top gaming rigs for a bit were s939 with RD580...

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I want AMD + ATi christmas bedsheets.





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