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AMD to split within weeks?

updated 08:45 am EDT, Tue August 12, 2008

AMD to Split Soon

AMD is readying itself for a division into two companies in a matter of weeks, according to a new claim by alleged industry insiders. While the company has already talked about separate initiatives to focus the company, termed Asset Light and Asset Smart, this is now expected to include an upcoming announcement that the company will split into two distinct entities. A core company will continue developing AMD's processors and chipsets; a second will be dedicated solely to manufacturing at the chip maker's existing factories.

The deal has reportedly been crafted to minimize the cost of the separation for AMD; the firm will avoid having to raise money for either of the resulting groups.

Although the two companies are likely to be tightly connected and will see the manufacturing group produce the design group's hardware, it's not known whether the plan will allow the manufacturing group to accept work from outside parties. Such a move would potentially introduce competition to AMD, though the company expects the Asset Light/Smart move to turn the company from loss to profit before the end of the year.

The claimed imminent change will contrast AMD sharply with Intel, which will continue to both design and manufacture its own components. The process has been considered important to Intel's recent success as it lets the company not only improve the logical design of its processors but make assumptions about manufacturing capabilities.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. jimmirehman

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2008


    and to that i say...

    who cares? Long live the K62 Chip with 3D now.

  1. Duo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Mar 2001


    It matters

    If AMD dies, we will only have intel making chips (Via doesn't count yet). Without competition, intel will have no incentive to innovate. Remember before the C2D intel chips came out, AMD made better chips.

    Lets hope this move helps them.

  1. resuna

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2005


    Worked for Palm

    This worked SO well for Palm. Oh, it didn't? Well shucky-durn.

  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999


    two companies...

    Two boards, two CEO's, two CFO's... how exactly is this going to turn losses into profits except on paper. Didn't Enron teach anybody anything?

  1. zaghahzag

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2006



    Wow what horrible names. Its probably just an attempt to get their parts ready to sell off to someone.

    There's a lot of "a**" in Assets

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