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by Mike Zazaian September 7, 2006 - 4:59pm, No Comments

AMD ATI Merger

There hasn’t been any doubt about the legitimacy of the AMD and ATI merger, but today the two microprocessor giants have officially received the okay to be best friends forever.

Announcements of an AMD-ATI merger shook up the industry a month back, making front page news and ensuring a different look for processors in the near future. While a handshake between Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) CEO Hector Ruiz and ATI CEO Dave Orton may have been enough for the two companies to change their stationary, it wasn’t enough for Anti-Trust boards in the U.S., Canada, and Germany. That is, until today.

As AMD is headquarted in the U.S., has satellite offices in Germany, and ATI is based in the Great White North, the merger required approval by three countries in question before continuing with business as usual. The Merger, announced on July 24th, put graphics-leader ATI under the umbrella of AMD, a company that now commands 23% of the processor market, including 40% of the server market.

Turion64A first uber-synergy move by the two companies should come by the end of the year with Yokohama, a mobile platform that combines AMD’s dual-core Turion chipset with an ATI mobile chipset. The final link in the AMD-ATI merger chain should be forged in an October 13th vote by ATI shareholders to confirm the merger. Said Ruiz on the matter,

We look forward to the ATI shareholder vote. Merging the companies [will] drive growth, innovation and choice for our customers, partners and the industry.

[via Ars Technica]