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Samsung shows interest in acquiring AMD

Samsung could acquire AMD soon
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Recent reports from South Korea claim that the two companies are already in talks but such rumors are very old and nothing has been officially confirmed yet.

After taking over ATI, AMD became a very interesting company in terms of technology and patents owned. Way back in 2007, Samsung's head of telecommunications said "it is necessary to consider the AMD acquisition in order to secure a new growth engine." Now it seems that the chip maker is being targeted by Samsung once again and, if the latest rumors turn out to be true, a major corporate acquisition is just around the corner.

While no Samsung official confirmed this yet, seeing them acquire AMD seems quite logical. This move would help Samsung to further improve their chips (the Exynos 7420 used by the Galaxy S6 series is already one of the most powerful smartphone chipsets on the market), since taking over AMD comes with benefits for both CPU and GPU technology.

It may be a long shot at this time, but if Samsung acquires AMD, this means they will grab a share of the desktop CPU and GPU market as well, where Intel and NVIDIA currently hold the crown.

As usual, such rumors coming from South Korean news reports should be taken with a grain of salt. We will surely hear more about it in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-03-26 (Update: 2015-03-26)