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The $35B AMD-Xilinx Acquisition: 7 Big Things To Know

AMD gets a mega chip deal of its own, which could mean greater competition with Intel on 5G network infrastructure and with Nvidia on SmartNICs. CRN dives into the details of the Xilinx deal and what it could mean for the data center and telecom markets, among other things.

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The Acquisition Means A Reunion For Xilinx’s CEO

With Xilinx CEO Victor Peng (pictured) expected to join AMD as the head of the company’s Xilinx business and strategic growth initiatives, it will mark a reunion of sorts for the semiconductor veteran.

That’s because Peng previously worked at AMD back in the aughts. Peng had joined AMD by way of the company’s 2006 acquisition of ATI, which hired him the year before. During his three-year tenure at AMD, Peng had served as corporate vice president of silicon engineering for the graphics product group and led the silicon engineering team’s efforts for things like graphics and game console products.

“This is my second time joining AMD, and to do that with the Xilinx team just couldn’t be more thrilling for me,” he said on AMD’s earnings call Tuesday morning.

The acquisition also means that AMD executive Dan McNamara will work with a company he previously competed with for roughly 15 years. Prior to becoming senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s server business unit, McNamara was the head of the company’s Programmable Solutions Group, which he joined through Intel’s 2015 acquisition of Altera, Xilinx’s top competitor. McNamara had worked at Altera in the 11 years leading up to its sale to Intel.

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