The Latest AMD Technologies

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Technology exchange agreement with Intel: Intel had introduced the first x86 microprocessors in 1978. In 1981, IBM created its PC, and wanted Intel’s x86 processors, but only under the condition that Intel also provide a second-source manufacturer for its patented x86 microprocessors. Intel and AMD entered into a 10-year technology exchange agreement, first signed in October 1981 and formally executed in February 1982. The terms of the agreement were that each company could acquire the right to become a second-source manufacturer of semiconductor products developed by the other; that is, each party could “earn” the right to manufacture and sell a product developed by the other, if agreed to, by exchanging the manufacturing rights to a product of equivalent technical complexity. The technical information and licenses needed to make and sell a part would be exchanged for a royalty to the developing company. The 1982 agreement also extended the 1976 AMD?Intel cross-licensing agreement through 1995. The agreement included the right to invoke arbitration of disagreements, and after five years the right of either party to end the agreement with one year’s notice. The main result of the 1982 agreement was that AMD became a second-source manufacturer of Intel’s x86 microprocessors and related chips, and Intel provided AMD with database tapes for its 8086, 80186, and 80286 chips. However, in the event of a bankruptcy or takeover of AMD, the cross-licensing agreement would be effectively cancelled.

AMD had a large, successful flash memory business, even during the dotcom bust. In 2003, to divest some manufacturing and aid its overall cash flow, which was under duress from aggressive microprocessor competition from Intel, AMD spun off its flash memory business and manufacturing into Scansion, a joint venture with Fujitsu, which had been co-manufacturing flash memory with AMD since 1993. In December 2005, AMD divested itself of Scansion in order to focus on the microprocessor market, and Scansion went public in an IPO.

Acquisition of ATI, spin-off of Global Foundries, and acquisition of Xilinx: On July 24, 2006, AMD announced its acquisition of the graphics processor company ATI Technologies. AMD paid $4.3?billion and 58?million shares of its stock, for a total of approximately $5.4?billion. The transaction was completed on October 25, 2006. On August 30, 2010, AMD announced that it would retire the ATI brand name for its graphics chipsets in favor of the AMD brand name.

In October 2008, AMD announced plans to spin off manufacturing operations in the form of Global Foundries Inc., a multi billion-dollar joint venture with Advanced Technology Investment Co., an investment company formed by the government of Abu Dhabi. The partnership and spin-off gave AMD an infusion of cash and allowed it to focus solely on chip design. To assure the Abu Dhabi investors of the new venture’s success, AMD’s CEO Hector Ruiz stepped down in July 2008, while remaining executive chairman, in preparation for becoming chairman of Global Foundries in March 2009. President and COO Dirk Meyer became AMD’s CEO. Recessionary losses necessitated AMD cutting 1,100 jobs in 2009. In October 2020, AMD announced that it was acquiring Xilinx in an all-stock transaction valued at $35 billion. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

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