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The Rumored $30B AMD-Xilinx Acquisition: 5 Big Things To Know

AMD’s rumored interest in the programmable chipmaker comes as Xilinx has made large investments in new accelerator and SmartNIC products for data centers and 5G deployments. Xilinx is also expanding its channel organization to work with Intel and Nvidia partners.

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Another Large Chip Deal Is Coming — Possibly

As if the semiconductor industry wasn’t already undergoing seismic changes, a new report states that AMD is looking to seal a deal to acquire programmable chipmaker Xilinx for more than $30 billion.

As news of the acquisition talks emerged Thursday night, another mega chip deal has been underway: Nvidia’s acquisition of British chip designer Arm — a move that would give Nvidia ownership of GPU, network and CPU technologies for the data center and beyond.

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Xilinx declined to comment. AMD did not respond to a request for comment.

AMD’s stock price was down by more than 3 percent late Friday morning while Xilinx’s stock was up by more than 12 percent.

What follows are five big things to know about the rumored deal as well as the positions of AMD and Xilinx in the data center market, IT channel and beyond.

What We Know About The Deal

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the acquisition talks between AMD and Xilinx on Thursday night, saying that the deal could be valued at more than $30 billion.

Bloomberg then followed with its own report, which confirmed the same basic details, including the assertion that a deal could come together as soon as next week and an acknowledgement that proceedings could unravel as they “remain in flux.” The Wall Street Journal reported that deal talks had already stalled once before restarting recently.

Veteran semiconductor reporter Charlie Demerjian said on Twitter that the deal has “been in the works for a long time” and that he had first heard about it roughly two years ago.

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