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AMD today announced its acquisition of ATI has been completed for an approximate $5.4 billion USD. The transaction details include a $4.3 billion cash buyout and 58 million shares of AMD common stock in exchange for all common shares of ATI. Shareholders were offered the following options:
  • ATI shareholders who elected to receive cash will be entitled to receive, for each common share for which a valid cash election was made, approximately US $18.59 in cash plus approximately 0.1245 of a share of AMD common stock;
  • ATI shareholders who elected to receive stock will be entitled to receive, for each common share for which a valid stock election was made, 0.9596 of a share of AMD common stock; and
  • ATI shareholders who did not make a valid election will be entitled to receive, for each share for which no valid election was made, 0.9596 of a share of AMD common stock.
Quickly after the complete acquisition announcement AMD has absorbed and transformed it into Gone are the red corporate ATI logos. Instead ATI’s website has turned green and filled with AMD logos. The website appears to remain the same as ATI’s previous website, though everything is greener. Nevertheless, ATI branding is still used on graphics and chipset products. Xilleon, Theater, NXT and Imageon products appear to have switched over to AMD branding.

This appears to fall in line with previous rumors that AMD would keep ATI and Radeon branding on consumer products. With the acquisition complete it is unknown if Intel will renew its cross licensing agreement with ATI in the future. ATI was previously working on a variety of Intel chipsets including the announced Radeon Xpress 1250 and upcoming RD600 CrossFire Xpress 3200 for Intel processors.

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RE: so...
By Ulfhednar on 10/25/2006 6:43:04 AM , Rating: 4
will it make my linux drivers put out the correct refresh rate without me having to spend the next five hours changing xorg.confs, compiling packages, messing about on the command line and reinstalling numerous different versions? i can but hope...
...and this has what to do with the aquisition of ATI by AMD?

RE: so...
By Kim Leo on 10/25/2006 6:53:54 AM , Rating: 3
some people you know.. however it would be great if ATI driver(or "modules") support became good..

i think this might be a good thing, hopefully we'll see some evil opteron paired with some of the X19XX GPU tech's

RE: so...
By Griswold on 10/25/2006 7:05:20 AM , Rating: 3
I think he is trying to say that ATIs linux drivers are sucky at best. AMD on the other hand, has been much more active on the linux side of the fence, also because they've been hiring people with kernel dev knowledge earlier this year.

RE: so...
By tuteja1986 on 10/25/2006 8:31:06 AM , Rating: 2
ATI linux drivers work , well the latest has no issue that i faced last year. ;(

Try the latest Linux ATI driver , i am pretty sure they have solved most of its issues.

RE: so...
By Griswold on 10/25/2006 10:26:50 AM , Rating: 1
You're the first one I've heard saying that. But I'll find out after my next upgrade cycle, when nvidia goes out and ATI back in.

RE: so...
By CheesePoofs on 10/25/2006 4:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'm fine with ati linux drivers as well. I just have to edit a few things in the xorg.conf file (refresh rates, make sure it's pointing to the right drivers) and all works well. I'm fairly pleased, though it'd be nice if it was easier to configure aa/af and other fun settings.

RE: so...
By pepsimax2k on 10/27/2006 5:25:01 PM , Rating: 2
>> ...and this has what to do with the aquisition of ATI by AMD?

well, my point was really - is it gonna change anything? i presume they'll have a little more help in the microprocessor department but is ati gonna provide anything extra in terms of support, productivity, etc... in other words, are they gonna make ati better? and do i get better linux drivers? hell, the only thing i can change is the gamma in the control pannel. and i still can't get a refresh rate higher than 85 Hz :o(

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