by Anton Shilov
08/07/2003 | 01:49 AM
Advanced Micro Devices today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire substantially all of the assets of the Information Appliance (IA) business unit of National Semiconductor to enhance AMD’s Personal Connectivity Solutions group’s (PCS) product portfolio. Financial terms of the sale, which is expected to be completed by the end of August, were not disclosed.
Under the terms of the acquisition, AMD would acquire certain intellectual property and assets from National Semiconductor, consisting primarily of the Geode family of microprocessor products. In addition, it is anticipated that approximately 132 personnel from the IA business unit would join AMD’s PCS group
The acquisition would allow AMD to offer the Geode product line in thin client, smart display and set-top box markets among others. The Geode product family includes an integrated silicon and system solution set designed with embedded x86 processors optimized for power and performance. It worth to note that Geode GX2 processors also support 3DNow! set of instructions while consuming just about 1W – an extremely interesting processor, isn’t it?