AMD & ATi have officially announced their plans to merge.
The rumour mill had been running for a good month or two about AMD planning to merge with ATi.
AMD have announced their merger under a “Processing Powerhouse” slogan.
According to AMD, the companies will become a new competitor, better equipped to drive growth, innovation and choice for its customers in commercial and mobile computing segments and in rapidly-growing consumer electronics segments. The transaction, valued at US $5.4 billion, is expected to close in Q4 2006 subject to approval by ATI shareholders, court approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
AMD and ATI will develop commercial platforms that deliver simplicity, stability, and manageability in graphics-rich and mobile environments. As a combined company, AMD and ATI will advance mobile computing by delivering integrated platforms that are designed to extend battery life while optimizing graphics and media processing. AMD and ATI will deliver highly-integrated, low-cost, power-efficient solutions to meet the expanding demands of billions of new users in emerging markets.
That’s an interesting evolution. AMD will encounter problems with the new Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs and this seems to be a step forward to the battle.