AMD buys Ati – this happened on July 24th. Every day, PC Games Hardware dares to take a look back at the young but eventful history of the computer.
…2001: On July 24, AMD announces the formation of the Hypertransport consortium. The manufacturers’ association, which also includes such illustrious names as Apple, Dell, IBM and Nvidia (but not Intel), takes care of the further development and dissemination of the open Hypertransport standard, a flexible point-to-point connection for fast data transmission between circuits. The technology was initially developed by AMD under the name “Lightning Data Transport”; Later, Hypertransport is used as an FSB replacement for the connection between the Athlon 64 and the mainboard chipset or between several Opteron CPUs.
…2006: It is one of the largest transactions in the semiconductor industry: July 24, 2006 announced AMD, the second largest x86 processor manufacturer in the world after the chip giant Intel, took over the Canadian graphics chip specialist and Radeon maker Ati. For 5.4 billion US dollars, AMD not only gets one of the most important competitors in the growing graphics market, but also access to the Ati chip sets for mainboards – up until now AMD had only rarely developed its own chip sets, as it did when the Athlon was launched. AMD is thus able to offer complete platforms with the most important components from a single source and even plans to combine the CPU and graphics unit in one fusion chip in the long term. Intel’s biggest competitor is getting even bigger and needs this boost – the fast Core 2 processors are giving the Athlon 64 a lot of trouble after AMD’s soaring flight during the Netburst era. However, it seems unlikely that Ati will continue to produce chipsets for Intel boards under the AMD flag…