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Reports claim a $5.6B deal is about to close on an unprecedented merger

According to a report in The Globe and Mail, the board of directors at AMD has allegedly approved the takeover of Canadian graphics firm ATI Technologies. The report claims that the information was released by an investment banker that was part of the discussions. According to other sources, AMD executives were also seen at ATI's headquarters in Markham, Ontario. The report indicated that AMD is considering a $5.6 billion takeover bid for ATI.

Speculation and rumors have run rampant over the last several months about the possible merger between AMD and ATI, but no concrete details have been revealed. According to reports on ATI's share prices, the company's shares have been trading at double the usual volume today. Analysts said that AMD would be making an offer of 20 to 40 percent premium to ATI's current share price. ATI shares traded at $16.12 on the NASDAQ today during after hours, which is up 39 cents from yesterday's closing.

Reuters has also picked up on the story, claiming that "Some analysts have questioned the rationale for an AMD-ATI merger, and others were surprised that the speculation received no attention from analysts during AMD's earnings conference call on Thursday."  DailyTech had punched in for question during the investor conference call on Thursday, but a moderator would not respond.

According to Eric Gomberg, an analyst for investment bank Thomas Weisel Partners, "there has been considerable industry speculation that AMD may pursue an acquisition of ATI Technologies, although such an outcome is by no means certain." Gomberg's comment came in earlier this week, but word circulating around investment bankers who are aware of the talks between ATI and AMD surfaced just several hours ago.

Recent reports indicated that Intel roadmaps no longer included ATI chipsets. Although Intel had been producing motherboards using ATI logic, upcoming boards like those that support Core 2 processors are void of any chipset from ATI. Interestingly, ATI and Intel had agreed to several cross-licensing programs that allowed them to take advantage of some of each other's technologies. Several analysts however, indicated that the merger between AMD and ATI to be "out of strategy for AMD and out of focus. Stupidity is no barrier to tech mergers."

A report in the Wall Street Journal confirms the talks between AMD and ATI (subscription required) today. Although the deal is not final, the report said that representatives from both companies declined to comment.

AMD has previously indicated that it would embrace embedded processor technologies for its Torrenza platform -- some of which would include math and physics co-processors.  However, the company has recently exited all non-x86 processor design.

Update 07/24/2006: AMD and ATI jointly announced the confirmation of the $5.4B merger today (July 24, 2006)

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RE: Everything..
By shecknoscopy on 7/22/2006 4:16:17 AM , Rating: 2
They have signed other deals with Apple for video iPods and I'm sure they have many other things in the works.

You know, it dawns on me now that, if Nvidia could produce Macs capable of playing any decent games from the previous half-decade, they'd have pretty much total dominance of a yet unexplored (and I assume, large) market. Namely: the eye-candy monkeys who like things "pwetty" and "simple," (read: "exclusively mac users") but who still want to get their game on. Provided that their game isn't exclusively "The Sims." Number one. With the settings set to low. And no sound.

I'm serious, here - the newest generation macs are pretty sexy. Now, if they could produce some decent 3D rendering in addition to "Garageband," I'd consider shelling out my hard-earned dough for them. Or mug someone else and use his dough. The point is, dough would be spent.

RE: Everything..
By Xavian on 7/22/2006 8:22:57 AM , Rating: 2
except the problem of most games in the last half-decade being written for DirectX and not OpenGL...

Just because you have a good graphics card in your system, doesn't mean developers are going to write games for it.

RE: Everything..
By lethalchronic on 7/22/2006 12:00:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if I've resigned myself to the gallows just yet (i.e. the macintosh) ;)

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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