AMD should buy MIPS, no question, for cash and shares. The combined entity will be stronger together than apart. MIPS plugs so many holes in AMD's portfolio makes it such a no-brainer. MIPS cores are both higher performing and lower power than ARM cores and are already 64-bit and multi-threaded unlike ARM cores. MIPS could also possibly give AMD a future life outside of x86 if it gets too hot in Intel's kitchen. AMD could use its influence with MSFT to add Windows 8 support for MIPS which would also help the Chinese MIPS market. Ar a few hundred million this is a much better long-term buy than SeaMicro. Both companies are also based in Sunnyvale making merger a painless exercise.
Something else to think about, there are as many MIPS chips sold today as x86 chips now just imagine AMD making most of those rather than just licensing out the design for peanuts as MIPS currently do.
Here's what I think...AMD tried, and failed, to influence its share price (and Intel's) by timing the announcement of this ahead of Intel's earnings.
AMD, as customary, failed miserably in its objective.
First off, I have the utmost faith that the Radeon will be a killer handheld GPU. Seriously.
Secondly, the latest MIPS based tablet chip is built on 65nm tech. What happnes when they shrink it to 28nm?
China has a big interest in this tech, that alone should be wake-up call to a company like AMD and the rest. China is where the real growth is at, and if AMD acquires MIPS then not only can they build their own but they would have a potential IP revenue windfall in the coming years if it catches on there.
All things considered, Hei, this could be a steal of a deal at this point. Might have to pick up some MIPS shares.
excel, the $7.50 may not be high enough. I was reading today, some analyst are giving a $10.00 or MORE per share buyout price.
MIPS holds over 500 patents, but a 10 dollar+ share price sounds pretty high to me.
Why you are saying what you are is you have every confidence that adding AMD/ATI graphics to MIPS core would be a piece of cake.
Ask Nvidia if it does not already have a out and out fight with Imagination technology when it comes to graphics.
I to chuckled when Apple claimed with its Imagination Tech IGP graphics 4X the performance of Tegra 3 Nvidia. This claim may not be 3D gaming at native resolution but anything done using 2D such as HD video according to Anand is correct.
So at the moment unlike what you would naturally believe that Nvidia IGP graphics would lead, it is Imagination technology that has a resounding lead as far as Handheld are concerned.
This would mean a three way race for AMD, with AMD being generations behind not only in ARM or MIPS core design but generations behind both Imagination tech and Nvidia when it comes to building SoC for handhelds.
Granted AMD needs to start somewhere when it comes to handhelds but purchasing MIPS would be noise instead of purchasing IP for blocks such as radio, camera, IMC and all the other blocks that make up the guts of a handheld.
"In other words MIPS is a tech of the past that ARM has steamrolled.
I you do not believe that then think of it this way if MIPS was a success and AMD could afford it then why would AMD pick MIPS when ARM was the leading RISC provider? I'll tell you why MIPS is selling themselves out of duress which comes from being totally demolished by ARM"
This is because MIPS licensees faced the same conundrum that ARM licensees faced; Graphics. Everybody (including Apple) except for Nvidia had to license GPU IP as well as ARM IP. If AMD bought MIPS they wouldn't have to license anythign from anybody and they'd have RISC 64 bit and android.
Not to mention that AMD owns all the next gen consoles. This could be a a big console to android port push based on Radeon GPU tech.
I don't agree, at all. Lack of Windows support is a problem but it's the only real problem. If you want ultra-efficient Nix based server systems with a ton of memory addressing then MIPS works.
Android is a no-brainer. And what about the whole gaming tablet future? This could facilitate some serious gaming tablet systems.
They were exposed and they sold that part of ATI for chump change....