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AMD Completes ATI Acquisition and Unveils “Fusion” Initiative

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    AMD today announced the completion of its approximately $5.4 billion acquisition of ATI Technologies Inc. Combining the complementary strengths of the two technology leaders, the new AMD opens for business as a processing powerhouse committed to driving innovation, choice and growth in the technology industry. With approximately 15,000 employees, the company merges AMD’s technology leadership in microprocessors together with ATI’s leadership in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics.

    “Today marks a historic day for our employees, our partners and our customers as we officially welcome ATI into the AMD family,” said AMD Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz. “On day one, we are delivering a winning set of complementary technologies, igniting a new level of innovation and continuing to champion choice for the industry. Thanks to the strength of our talented employees, the new AMD now has a full range of intellectual property (IP) in microprocessors, graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics to deliver open platforms and integrated solutions. In the near term, customers gain a new level of choice, and in the long term, we believe the possibilities for innovation are truly limitless.”

    Transaction Details
    Under the terms of the transaction, AMD acquired all of the outstanding common shares of ATI for a combination of approximately $4.3 billion in cash and 58 million shares of AMD common stock, based on the number of shares of ATI common stock outstanding on October 24, 2006. All outstanding options and restricted stock units (RSUs) of ATI were assumed. The value of the ATI acquisition of approximately $5.4 billion is based upon the closing stock price of AMD common stock on October 24, 2006 of $20.32 per share and excludes the value of assumed equity awards. AMD financed the cash portion of the transaction with a combination of cash and new debt. AMD obtained a $2.5 billion term loan from Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc., which, together with combined existing cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities balances of approximately $1.8 billion, provided full funding for the transaction.

    AMD announced the final pro-ration applicable to ATI common shares in the acquisition. The total consideration to be paid for each common share, based on the Parent Closing Stock Price (as defined in the Plan of Arrangement, as amended), is approximately $21.36. The final election results indicate that pro-ration is as follows:
    • 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.
    Pro-ration was necessary because the cash consideration elected to be received exceeded the amount of cash available in the acquisition. Any fractional shares will be paid in cash.


    Planning to Deliver Integrated Platforms in 2007
    Customers should benefit from AMD’s and ATI’s combined platform development and technical support teams, which will be co-located in Taipei and Shanghai. Combined with the existing Austin and Toronto locations, these sites offer research and development and support to provide customers with a complete solution for optimized platform development.

    AMD plans to deliver a range of integrated platforms in 2007 to serve key markets, including: commercial clients; mobile computing; and gaming and media computing. PC users will benefit from innovations intended to extend battery life on the next-generation AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology-based platform and enhancements to the AMD LIVE!™ digital media PC platform that will enable users to get more from their favorite photos, music, and movies. AMD believes that these integrated platform innovations will bring customers improved system stability, better time-to-market, increased performance and energy-efficiency and overall, an enhanced user experience.

    “By driving innovation and integration in processing, especially in graphics, the new AMD has the potential to empower breakthrough computing experiences for users of Windows® Vista,™” said Jim Allchin, Co-President of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services Division. “We are excited by the potential benefits that this union can bring to enhance the Windows Vista experience.”

    AMD also sees an opportunity to deliver processing solutions to the growing consumer electronics market. The company intends to leverage ATI’s strength in the consumer market by pursuing new opportunities to invest in the consumer electronics and high-end discrete graphics markets. With leading technology and customer relationships, AMD is positioned to address digital convergence by leveraging critical IP to create new innovations and devices that facilitate end-to-end content delivery and connectivity to improve end-user experiences.

    CPU/GPU Silicon “Fusion” – Another Industry First for Customers
    AMD plans to create a new class of x86 processor that integrates the central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) at the silicon level with a broad set of design initiatives collectively codenamed “Fusion.” AMD intends to design Fusion processors to provide step-function increases in performance-per-watt relative to today’s CPU-only architectures, and to provide the best customer experience in a world increasingly reliant upon 3D graphics, digital media and high-performance computing. With Fusion processors, AMD will continue to promote an open platform and encourage companies throughout the ecosystem to create innovative new co-processing solutions aimed at further optimizing specific workloads. AMD-powered Fusion platforms will continue to fully support high-end discrete graphics, physics accelerators, and other PCI Express-based solutions to meet the ever-increasing needs of the most demanding enthusiast end-users.

    “With the anticipated launch of Windows Vista, robust 3D graphics, digital media and device convergence are driving the need for greater performance, graphics capabilities, and battery life,” said Phil Hester, AMD senior vice president and chief technology officer. “In this increasingly diverse x86 computing environment, simply adding more CPU cores to a baseline architecture will not be enough. As x86 scales from palmtops to petaFLOPS, modular processor designs leveraging both CPU and GPU compute capabilities will be essential in meeting the requirements of computing in 2008 and beyond.”

    Fusion processors are expected in late 2008/early 2009, and the company expects to use them within all of the company’s priority computing categories, including laptops, desktops, workstations and servers, as well as in consumer electronics and solutions tailored for the unique needs of emerging markets.

    Source: AMD
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    The ATI site is all green now :D
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    its only a matter of time i feel before they scrap the ATI brand name, the new website says it all. So how long do you all think it will be before some of the disenfranchised ATI employees leave AMD and set up a new company?
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    I don't know what to think...
  5. Jimmy 2004

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    It would need a LOT of money and time to set up something to compete with AMD/ATI/Intel/NVidia, I doubt this will happen. TBH I'm not sure why everyone assumes this is ATI doomed, if you weigh up advantages and disadvantages you can't be sure what will happen.
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    AMD will only re-brand if the AMD name is stronger than the ATI name.
    Therefore, if we see AMD on ATI GPU packages they might be looking to eventually phase out the ATI name.
    This can take a while though and a lot of money so it would be interesting to see which way they go.
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    Personally I think:
    1. The CPU/GPU they are designing will be AMD branded.
    2. They will keep video cards ATI branded for obvious reasons
    3. They will regret turning ATI's webpage green because it is just wrong. 3 green teams and 2 of them video is just wrong wrong wrong.
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    There is no ATI logo on the website. ATI is gone, and I'm sure as soon as the next generation of video cards are released there won't be an ATI logo on their packaging.
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    I think you're right.
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    HEHEHE Intel machine right on the front page lol



    Best gaming machine Intel lol


    They also did ATi in all caps/ ATI thats just odd.
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    Lol, I missed that!
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    noooo, now both nvidia and ati are green! What is this world coming to!!!....
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    Will start shipping PCBs in green too..... NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :roll:
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    LOL Ketxxx is fooked then :roll: , cant wait tho, just think what they might do, dual core gpus without selotaping two cards together, possibly with the energy efficiency of the X2 series :D
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    what the F..CK happened here since i was gonne :banghead:
    i typed www.ati.com and i got this:
    [​IMG]
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    Its a sad day for ATI card owners and canadains.
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    Yes my friends, that is the new ATI site and I don't see how people can know its a sad day myself. It could be the best thing that ever happened to ATI.
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    pt not a suicide-bomber

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    i preffer red to green :ohwell:
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    lol Its ATi not ATI
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    The logo is ATi, but ATI is an acronym for Array Technology Inc. So in a sense both are correct, although in English "ATI" would be more grammatically correct since all letters in an acronym should be capitalized.

    It can't be the best thing that ever happened to ATI since that corporation no longer exists. You can say it could be the best thing that ever happened to AMD, or even to ATI stockholders though.

    Ahh semantics. :rolleyes:
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    Just go get a Sapphire Card lol
    The PCB is Blue:p
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    Blue blue! Btw if you see the logo and the right corner, it says Leader in microprocessor,graphics?????????? :eek: :eek: :eek: ATI IS GONE!?
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    AMD have just announced they might not drop the ATI name...
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    pt not a suicide-bomber

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    hope so....
    i don't wan't to buy a AMD x2800gto :p with green pcb
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    Again, just get a Sapphire card with Blue PCB XD
    Although I still feel that its weird to look for an AMD Graphic card.....

    I wonder if one day we might be buying a fully Intel or AMD comp =0=
    Like if they manage to fuse with corsair or something....

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