updated 08:40 pm EST, Sat November 24, 2007
Apple should buy AMD
Apple should buy AMD, according to a report that outlines the ten reasons to do so. Financial analysis website Seeking Alpha has created a top ten list of reasons that it thinks Apple should buy processor manufacturer AMD. The report argues that Apple's best features, such as its system architecture, operating system, and applications will compliment AMD's multi-core CPUs and energy saving technology. The new AMD Spider chip that combines the processor and graphics chipset would be a benefit, and with Apple's unique position, they could still sell to AMD's current customers and it would not compete with either of the companies' customer bases. Intel would gain a more balanced competitor, and he says that Apple's solid financial situation could speed up AMD/ATI's technology innovation process.
The blogger believes that it would lower Apple's margins and raise profits, and that it wouldn't be overly difficult to incorporate the chip, since Apple already deals with the Intel platform. AMD would be a relatively inexpensive acquisition for Apple, as the ATI acquisition cost AMD $5.4 billion, mostly in cash. Lastly, he argues that it would keep AMD in American hands, and that the government would not have to deal with the regulation of monopoly and competition policy.