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Intel to Buy Rival AMD: Old Rumors Resurface

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Old rumors are resurfacing as the PC market is shrinking. According to an unnamed informer at Tech Trader Daily, Intel could be thinking of buying long time rival AMD.

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Both companies have unique and competing intellectual property that, if combined, could better the chances of the newly formed entity to fight emerging players in the mobile computing market, namely ARM and licensees.

The sales of computers based on x86 architecture are stagnating and might even be shrinking in the near future, pushed back by tablets and smartphones; a market in which neither Intel nor AMD could make significant advances in the past years. The presence of new players like ARM in the changing computer market could also mean that such a merger could be allowed to move forward under anti-trust laws and regulations.

Xbit reports

AMD’s stock rose 14%┬áin the wake of the rumors.

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  1. trekky
    ya I agree IF intel got AMD think of what a 9970 would be with the monwy intel and throw at stuff we could get a GPU with hyper threading :D

    or who knows!

    just really bad for CPU market! :rain:


    A 9970 with HT, now that would be something.

    AMD is fine where it is now, APU's and good Price/Preformance GPU's are it's fortay, while Nvidia takes up the high-end GPU market and Intel with the high-end CPU market.
    Bobnova
    I don't see the government blocking it, personally.

    I don't want to see it happen, either.

    The only plus for the consumer would be on the GPU end, Imagine for a bit that the ATI/AMD GPU people now have actual serious R&D money!

    What now, Nvidia?

    EDIT:

    As a note, of course they're "thinking about it", lol.

    I think about buying AMD sometimes.


    ya I agree IF intel got AMD think of what a 9970 would be with the monwy intel and throw at stuff we could get a GPU with hyper threading :D

    or who knows!

    just really bad for CPU market! :rain:
    AMD is just big enough to be considered competition, but not large enough to be any real threat to Intel. It benefits Intel more to keep it the way it is.
    I think Intel is interested in AMD's business contracts, more so than the company itself. :)

    and Intel does have the cash to buy, and AMD is Cheap in a sense it has been struggling on the company shares level.

    NVDA has good business contracts too, but comparatively, AMD is a better bargain buy for sure.

    Chips company merging is nothing new. AMD itself is a merger or many companies, same with NVDA. :)
    dostov
    Yep. Stock is up 34% from $2.68 on Tuesday to $3.60 this morning.

    AMD with money would be a totally different company. They manage to do not bad at all with the budget I imagine Intel has for cleaning and maintenance. LOL


    Now if their stock price just doubles from there I will be close to breaking even. Yep, even. :(
    hokiealumnus
    Though someone surely made a boatload of money off that uptick from it.


    Yep. Stock is up 34% from $2.68 on Tuesday to $3.60 this morning.

    Bobnova
    Imagine for a bit that the ATI/AMD GPU people now have actual serious R&D money!


    AMD with money would be a totally different company. They manage to do not bad at all with the budget I imagine Intel has for cleaning and maintenance. LOL
    hokiealumnus
    Truth.

    Rumors are rumors for a reason. Though someone surely made a boatload of money off that uptick from it.


    :thup::thup: This is the biggest truth right here. People love to play games with other peoples money!!
    rollincoaster
    Fortunately, just a rumor. AMD will be rolling in more soon with the next generation consoles expected to use their chips. Besides, how would you say their name?

    Inamd?

    I nam'd the first x86 chip with Cool N Turbo Boost.


    Probably AMD name would banish as did ATi's when AMD bought it.
    Fortunately, just a rumor. AMD will be rolling in more soon with the next generation consoles expected to use their chips. Besides, how would you say their name?

    Inamd?

    I nam'd the first x86 chip with Cool N Turbo Boost.
    I don't see the government blocking it, personally.

    I don't want to see it happen, either.

    The only plus for the consumer would be on the GPU end, Imagine for a bit that the ATI/AMD GPU people now have actual serious R&D money!

    What now, Nvidia?

    EDIT:

    As a note, of course they're "thinking about it", lol.

    I think about buying AMD sometimes.
    Knufire
    I really don't think the US government would allow this. Hell, the AT&T - T-mobile merger would have created less of a monopoly and that got broken up. This essentially creates zero competition in the x86 CPU market.
    Agree as well. THough what is interesting is the theory that because of the ARM stuff it could go through...

    But then again, Sirius and XM merged too and there isnt any competition there... :shrug:
    Knufire
    I really don't think the US government would allow this. Hell, the AT&T - T-mobile merger would have created less of a monopoly and that got broken up. This essentially creates zero competition in the x86 CPU market.


    Truth.

    Rumors are rumors for a reason. Though someone surely made a boatload of money off that uptick from it.
    I really don't think the US government would allow this. Hell, the AT&T - T-mobile merger would have created less of a monopoly and that got broken up. This essentially creates zero competition in the x86 CPU market.
    ^Really not sure about that.

    Intel has (roughly) 3 lines of CPUs: locked i3/i5, unlocked i5/i7, and Extreme/x79.

    They all find owners, in different proportions, sure, but they find owners.
    Totally agree with hoki, no competition = much higher price and since Intel is the one that keep the price high .... if intel buy AMD... i dont see the price going down !
    Shouldn't be allowed. I know I feel a certain sort of way about AMD but ARM does not make desktop processors, server processors, etc, (to my knowledge?) so there would be no competition? Absolutely not. And what of the graphics cards? Intel GFX cards vs nVidia? It would be an extremely hard choice =P
    My only fear would be total lack of competition. In the budget realm at least AMD keeps Intel on its toes, if not in IPC performance.

    Could you imagine the GPU power of an AMD APU combined with the CPU power of an Intel CPU a generation from now? The generation-after-this consoles would be just as good as a PC at 1080p.