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The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2022 (So Far)

Rick Whiting

Many of the biggest news stories this year, including supply chain disruptions, economic uncertainty and the adoption of hybrid work-from-home practices, are repercussions from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

9. AMD Completes $49 Billion Xilinx Buy In Semiconductor Industry’s Biggest Acquisition

On February 14, chipmaker AMD completed its acquisition of Xilinx, allowing AMD to expand beyond its core CPU and GPU product lineup to add reprogrammable chips, called field programmable gate arrays, to its technology portfolio.

The acquisition is already paying off: In August, AMD reported that Xilinx revenue accounted for 51 percent of its $6.55 billion in revenue in its second quarter.

Going forward the acquisition is expected to significantly expand AMD’s opportunities in data centers, embedded computing and telecommunications. Xilinx also had a presence in other markets including defense, broadcast and consumer electronics. Altogether the acquisition grew AMD’s total addressable market to $135 billion from $80 billion, according to the company.

The cost of the all-stock acquisition deal was originally $35 billion when it was announced in October 2020. But the double-digit growth of AMD’s share price since then boosted the deal’s final price tag to $49 billion – the largest acquisition deal in the history of the semiconductor industry.

AMD’s successful Xilinx acquisition was in contrast to the failed effort by rival Nvidia to acquire British chip designer Arm for $40 billion. Nvidia abandoned that deal in February in the face of regulatory opposition.

Intel, meanwhile, has taken steps in 2022 to aggressively expand its chip manufacturing capacity, including striking a deal in February to buy Israeli chipmaker Tower Semiconductor for $5.4 billion. Tower operates a network of chip manufacturing plants that Intel said will significantly advance its plan to manufacture chips for other companies through Intel Foundry Services.

 

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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