Microsoft might be interested in buying AMD, according to source
June 29th, 2015 at 7:34 pm - Author Anton Shilov
In a bid to revive its chip design operations, Microsoft Corp. may acquire Advanced Micro Devices, according to a source familiar with the matter. The software giant approached AMD several months ago, the source indicated. The result of the talks is unclear.
Microsoft Corp. has been selling game consoles for over ten years now and back in 2006 the firm even formed a division to design chips for its products, primarily game consoles. While this internal group has clearly developed some chips for Microsoft’s hardware, the company used chips designed by Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia Corp. for its Xbox One consoles and Zune players, respectively. As it appears, Microsoft’s own chip design team cannot really develop competitive solutions for the company’s devices and in order to make its chip operations viable. http://www.kitguru.net/component ... cro-devices-source/
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Stiggy930 發表於 2015-6-30 10:27
1. The x86 license is not transferable. Although Microsoft could pay more to make this happen.
2. Apple is different, the volume on Xbox and iPhone are also different.
( You are not going to spend 2 Billions for a component company in Xbox which in itself is a 2Billion business. )
3. Microsoft could blow it up, open up licensing of ATI, and custom design with ARM Server spec Chips. But then there are lots of decent GPU IPs out there already, on mobile ATI is not attractive, on Desktop making GPUs are much higher margin.