Bookmark and Share


Advanced Micro Devices on Monday said it had completed acquisition of SeaMicro, a low-power server maker, in record time, or less than a month. The pioneer in energy-efficient, high-bandwidth micro-servers cost AMD approximately $334 million, net of cash assumed. AMD believes SeaMicro will help it to boost competitive positions of its servers.

The acquisition of SeaMicro, which will now become AMD's data center server solutions business, enables AMD to accelerate its strategy to deliver disruptive server technology and provide its customers serving cloud-centric data centers with highly-differentiated AMD-based solutions beginning this year.

Although AMD remains tight-lipped about exact plans for integration of SeaMicro’s Freedom supercomputer fabric with up to 1.28Tb/s (160GB/s) transfer speed into its own chip designs, it clearly stated that it bought the micro-server company for its intellectual property and technologies, not in order to make servers itself. AMD hopes that the ultra high-speed transfer fabric will allow it to create ultra-dense server platforms for cloud servers and other power consumption-sensitive applications.

"Our unique fabric technology is truly one of the crown jewels of the cloud. The combination of this innovative technology with our processor design expertise greatly enhances our ability to attack the fastest growing portion of the server market with industry-leading low-power, low-cost, high-bandwidth solutions," said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of global business units at AMD.

AMD has implied that thanks to SeaMicro Freedom fabric it will be able to offer not only ultra-dense cloud servers, but also high-performance computing (HPC) platforms that integrate both graphics processing units (as compute accelerators) and central processing units.

"Integration our strong AMD Opteron roadmap with SeaMicro's technology will provide customers with a range of processor choices and platforms. [...] Our goal is to leverage SeaMicro IP with our Opteron processor to create industry-leading flexible silicon solutions. [...] When we think about SeaMicro acquisition, this is a technology play for us. [...] It is very much possible to [integrate SeaMicro's fabric technology into AMD processors] and when we look at progression of processor technology, [addition of] fabric would be a natural evolution," said Lisa Su, general manager of global business units at AMD.

AMD will continue to sell existing customers SeaMicro SM10000-XE, SM10000-64HD and SM10000-64 servers and will even build similar Opteron based machines. Nonetheless, it is not the company’s intention to develop, build and sell servers under its own brand and thus compete against its own customers.

The purchase price consists of a cash payment of approximately $293 million as well as AMD's assumption of options to purchase approximately 6 475 000 AMD shares and the issuance of approximately 322 thousand shares of AMD restricted stock.  This transaction is included in AMD's first quarter of 2012 earnings guidance.

Tags: AMD, Opteron, SeaMicro


Comments currently: 1
Discussion started: 03/29/12 06:14:42 AM
Latest comment: 03/29/12 06:14:42 AM


I think Rory Read will bring AMD into new markets and definitely increase profitability. If he does for AMD what he did for Lenovo, I will be very happy. Intel needs some serious competition again, and AMD is the only company that has the ability to compete. They will need a good few years under Rory until you actually see any sort of turn around.
1 0 [Posted by: OsirisEven  | Date: 03/29/12 06:14:42 AM]


Add your Comment

Related news

Latest News

Monday, April 14, 2014

8:23 am | Microsoft Vows to Release Xbox 360 Emulator for Xbox One. Microsoft Xbox One May Gain Compatibility with Xbox 360 Games

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

10:39 am | Microsoft Reveals Kinect for Windows v2 Hardware. Launch of New Kinect for Windows Approaches

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

1:57 pm | Facebook to Acquire Virtual Reality Pioneer, Oculus VR. Facebook Considers Virtual Reality as Next-Gen Social Platform

1:35 pm | Intel Acquires Maker of Wearable Computing Devices. Basis Science Becomes Fully-Owned Subsidiary of Intel

Monday, March 24, 2014

10:53 pm | Global UHD TV Shipments Total 1.6 Million Units in 2013 – Analysts. China Ahead of the Whole World with 4K TV Adoption

10:40 pm | Crytek to Adopt AMD Mantle Mantle API for CryEngine. Leading Game Developer Adopts AMD Mantle

9:08 pm | Microsoft Unleashes DirectX 12: One API for PCs, Mobile Gadgets and Xbox One. Microsoft Promises Increased Performance, New Features with DirectX 12

3:33 pm | PowerVR Wizard: Imagination Reveals World’s First Ray-Tracing GPU IP for Mobile Devices. Imagination Technologies Brings Ray-Tracing, Hybrid Rendering Modes to Smartphones and Tablets

2:00 pm | Nokia Now Expects to Close Deal with Microsoft in Q2. Sale of Nokia’s Division to Close Next Month