There are definitely a bunch of reasons Samsung would want to take control of AMD, not the least of which is AMD’s massive patent portfolio, decades of experience designing and building chips, and some serious brand cred.
AMD has slipped from the heights of their Athlon 64 glory, but they’re still a powerful force in the technology world. More and more computing workload is getting shifted from CPUs to GPUs, and therefore AMD’s Radeon tech makes a tempting target for companies like Samsung.
With Radeon as part of its in-house, Samsung would never need to look to outside sources for GPU development. AMD also has serious expertise with ARM-based processors. They’ve only targeted servers so far, but they still have plenty of hands-on experience, something invaluable to Samsung.
This isn’t the first time Samsung’s shown interest in AMD, back in 2007, Samsung’s head of telecommunications pointed out that… “It’s necessary to consider the AMD acquisition in order to secure a new growth engine for Samsung”.
AMD on board, punters could see some truly nasty Exynos chips.
Rumors on the Samsung AMD acquisition are neither locked or loaded. Earlier this year Samsung was supposed to be buying BlackBerry – a few of times – for $US7.5B, however, all that came out of those rumors was fluff and bubbles, a bit of software collaboration and an enterprise agreement. Lesson? the same is most likely true this time around, Samsung and AMD are most likely merely collaborating on chip design.
Early reviews of the Galaxy S6 suggest that Samsung has definitely got their mojo back. If they want to get ahead and stay ahead, they’ll need to make some brash moves, buying AMD would definitely qualify as a just that.
The deal isn’t remotely simple, there are several cross platform deals floating around the galaxy – mainly between AMD and Intel, “An immediate question comes up with regards to the cross-licensing agreement with Intel, by which Intel grants AMD the x86 license and AMD grants Intel the x86 64bit license, i.e. AMD64. Will a Samsung/AMD acquisition violate the cross-licensing agreement?” AMD CFO Devinder Kumar said, addressing cross-licensing concerns.
RELATED! Samsung Set For Record Profit, THANKS GS!
Our favourite Korean consumer electronics behemoth,Samsung, looks set to post another record quarterly profit on the back of its latest offering the 4G Galaxy SIII smartphone and Galaxy Note tab/phone hybrid.
The company is forecasting a $AU7 billion September-quarter profit, off the back of $45 billion in 3 month sales. That profit forecast is slightly ahead of the average forecast by 16 analysts surveyed by Reuters. Samsung shares were up 0.3 per cent in early Korean trade, and are up almost 30 per cent so far this year.
Analysts say provisions for the $US1 billion payout to Apple for patent breaches, as well as increased competition from Apple’s iPhone 5 are likely to see Samsung’s profit tail off a little in the last quarter of the year to somewhere closer to $AU6 billion :: Read the full article »»»»
RELATED! Samsung Galaxy S4 Lands in New York
It’s serious no surprise, Samsung glued itself to the script, opened the curtains and let its latest flagship, the Galaxy S4 fly.
At first glance Samsung has stuck closely to it’s recent form, Galaxy S4 has a similar shell to its predecessor, the Galaxy S III. The most notable differences are a larger screen – 5-inch 1080p next vs S3’s 4.8-inch 720p) – a much thinner build, it’s around eight percent thinner than the Galaxy S3, a an increased bling factor, I want this phone!
The S4 will ship in two different models (depending on region). One version totes an octa-core – yep, that’s eight cores – processor: Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa CPU, clocked at 1.6 GHz.
And the lesser version, sports a 1.9 GHz quad-core Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm. The phone is chunked-up with 2 GB of RAM, it’ll be sold in three variants: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB, ooh… and it’s got an improved 13-mega-pixel camera :: Read the full article »»»»
REBLOG! …it’s on again, Apple vs Samsung
Apple has asked a federal judge to bar US sales of Samsung smartphones and tablet computers in the blockbuster patent case involving the two electronics giants.
In a court filing in California, Apple said the smartphones and tablets were found to have violated patents in a jury trial held last year.
Apple renewed its bid for a permanent injunction on sales of a number of Samsung products after an appeals court decision last month cleared the way for a new hearing on the matter.
In the latest filing dated Thursday, Apple’s attorneys wrote that the court “previously concluded that Samsung’s sale of infringing products has irreparably harmed Apple.” :: Read the full article »»»»
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