Samsung rumored to be interested in acquiring AMD

A rumor making the rounds online today claims that Samsung is interested in a potential acquisition of semiconductor company AMD. Samsung is in the business of making processors as well. The acquisition of AMD should boost Samsung’s semiconductor business and allow it to take the fight to companies like Intel and Qualcomm. This move will put AMD’s CPU and GPU intellectual property in Samsung’s hands. AMD already makes processors for computers and other devices. Acquiring AMD would allow Samsung to expand its semiconductor business into avenues that it has not served before.

AMD would stand to benefit for such a deal as well. It will have access to Samsung’s infinitely larger pockets when it needs funds for research and development. If Samsung’s spending habits are any indication the company doesn’t shy away from putting money towards R&D. Thus AMD will be able to push its technology even further. Samsung would obviously benefit from it as it will have dibs on AMD chips and will also be able to sell them to OEMs.

I should point out here that this is pure speculation. No official statement has come in yet from AMD and Samsung. The companies haven’t even denounced the rumor so take it with a grain of salt for now.

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kronicle
1 year 4 months ago

This rumor has been going around since 2007 or so. Popped up again after Apple lost Jim Keller PA Semi engineer to AMD, after Mark Papermaster, who was fired from Apple over AntennaGate (actually’s Steve Choice to not pursue a Samsung Auto Switching internal/external patent license & going with external only). Which was really odd, because Apple had poached Mark Papermaster from IBM and got sued for it. The rumor was Apple was going to have Mark Papermaster take over for Steve instead of Tim Cook! …..but that lawsuit wiped out those plans!!!

Mark Papermaster was one of IBM’s brightest stars and is why I thought odd that IBM would ever get into any partnership with Apple. Come to find out now, it’s a limited partnership not worthy of all the hype Apple poured on it last year. Simply designing/re-designing basically Apps IBM already had going with it’s MobileFirst initiative. But alas here we are now with Mark Papermaster having pulled Jim ‘The Intel Killer’ Keller out of Apple, leaving them w/o any remaining PA Semi Engineers they’d bought them for in the first place. Meanwhile Jim Keller has been heading an ARM chip development team at AMD under Mark Papermaster and the plot thickens now!

This makes perfect sense, because ATI has 8 yrs experience and Patented IP that could kill Nvidia’s Patent Lawsuit and AMD has the x86 licensing to use against Intel if this war turns bloody. At any rate, Samsung stands to KILL Two Birds with ONE….. Purchase! :D ……and will for sure dominate the entire semiconductor industry. Why? Because they got all the BIG BUCKS and could in all reality buy both Nvidia and Intel out too!

Jairus24
1 year 4 months ago

Nope, they cannot kill Intel since the x86 license that Intel provided to AMD is “non-transferable”. It means that once AMD has been sold, their capability to produce x86 chips will be gone too.

kronicle
1 year 4 months ago

Wrong! That was settled in an AMD court battle that got AMD over a $1.2 Billion I believe. Look it up! …..I could link it, but Sam Mobile doesn’t allow links anymore!

barnassey
1 year 4 months ago

That was due to intels anti-competitive actions. Know how i know? I followed the trial on groklaw.

barnassey
1 year 4 months ago

The us gov would never let those X86 licenses disappear like that since intel would have a monopoly also the X64 licenses that AMD developed would transfer. Intel would have a REALLY big issues if they tried to interfere with that.

johny jackson
1 year 4 months ago

Hey Sam, please help Corel and Libre Office too.
Competition is always good for consumers.

kronicle
1 year 4 months ago

Well I’m pretty sure Samsung already throws some cash Libre Office’s way for the Open Source Community. Which they are on their way to being the #1 contributor. But… yeah, Corel was far better than Microsoft Office and that’d be one way to come back and blow Microsoft’s door off in court, in the battle that’s still going on!

Nothing like having a huge conglomerate heavyweight in your corner, that’s for sure! :D …..and Corel deserves it! Only problem is Samsung is a Microsoft Partner under the Android license agreement with them!

johny jackson
1 year 4 months ago

I mean graphic software.

kronicle
1 year 4 months ago

Ahhhh…. I forgot about that. Killer Photo Suite for sure. Sounds like a plan if they also get all the IP and developers going with it!

lilmoe
1 year 4 months ago

That’s actually the most interesting “rumor” I’ve heard in quite a while.

 
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