AMD and Xilinx: Pandemic disruptions fuel another mega-chip deal

AMD is buying rival chipmaker Xilinx in $35bn all-stock deal.

AMD is buying Xilinx in an all-stock deal valued at $35bn at a time when more Zoom meetings, more orders online and more upgrades for companies trying to meet new demands of millions staying at home have led to a seemingly insatiable appetite for computer chips [File:Paul Sakuma/AP Photo]
AMD is buying Xilinx in an all-stock deal valued at $35bn at a time when more Zoom meetings, more orders online and more upgrades for companies trying to meet new demands of millions staying at home have led to a seemingly insatiable appetite for computer chips [File:Paul Sakuma/AP Photo]

Advanced Micro Devices is buying Xilinx for $35bn in an all-stock deal that will combine the two Silicon Valley chip-makers and accelerate an already rapid-fire pace of mergers and buyouts in the industry.

The deal announced on Tuesday puts AMD in a place it wants to be; competing more fiercely with Intel at a time when a global pandemic is driving demand for tech ever higher.

More Zoom meetings, more orders online and more upgrades for companies trying to meet new demands of millions staying at home have led to a seemingly insatiable appetite for computer chips.

“Joining together with AMD will help accelerate growth in our data center business and enable us to pursue a broader customer base across more markets,” Xilinx CEO Victor Peng said in a prepared statement on Tuesday.

AMD and Xilinx is a huge tie-up in a season of significant buyouts for the semiconductor industry.

Just last month, Nvidia said it would buy Arm Holdings for up to $40bn and set up an artificial intelligence research centre in Cambridge, England, where Arm is based.

In July, Maxim Integrated was snapped up by Analog Devices for more than $20bn.

Xilinx stockholders will receive 1.7234 shares of AMD stock for each Xilinx share they hold, or approximately $143 per share of Xilinx stock.

AMD stockholders will own about 74 percent of the combined company, with Xilinx stockholders owning approximately 26 percent.

AMD CEO Lisa Su will lead the combined company as CEO. Peng will join AMD as president, responsible for the Xilinx business and strategic growth initiatives. At least two Xilinx directors will join AMD’s board.

The deal is expected to close by the end of next year, but still needs approval from regulators and shareholders of both companies.

Shares of Xilinx jumped 10 percent on Tuesday, while AMD’s stock slipped about 2 percent.

Source : AP

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