Komrad_BMaybe NVidia did not want to sell? You know, you can't force someone or something to be bought, they need to accept.
This can (and has happened) in the past. It's called a hostile takeover. And it occurs generally when a company is in financhal straights. Another company starts purchasing stock in the company having financhal troubles, and the finachally troubled company can't afford to buy back any of its stock, and loses control of the company.
Hey, guys, I don't mean to be a prick, but this is the thrid topic on this subject in the past two days here in the tech forums. There are people in some of the other threads that have presented vallad points, who won't get their thoughts on the subject read because of having multiple threads.
It is poor editquite to everyone on the forums to create a competeing thread about the same topic. Please be a bit more conciencous in the future and see if there's already been a similar thread to the one you want to create. I'm not trying to do any backseat moderating here, I'm just pointing out what I think is fair and polite.
With that being said, here are my ideas on the subject:
Ehhh..... This in my opinion isn't such a hot move for AMD
a)The declining stock prices for both AMD and ATI are making this a very expensive deal for both of them.
b)The potenial backlash for AMD could be devestating. They could run the risk of losing a lot of potential customers who are more dedicated to their Nvidia cards than they're AMD processors.
c) What if Intel and Nvidia were to form a corporate allience with one another in responce to this move? An allience like that could potentially crush AMD.
I hate to point it out, but at least 80% of computers in the US have either an Intel processor, or an Nvidia video card. Chances are that alteast 60% have some combination of both.
The bottom line is that AMD is in no position to be doing this right now. They need to be focusing on making a faster processor to better compette with Intel. Right now, Intel has the entire processor market owned. AMD can't compete with them at the value, or high end level at the moment.
In all seriousness, try and keep this thread as clean as possible guys. If it descends into pointless bashing of one company versus another it'll be closed.
That being said, this is probably overall a good thing for both companies. Both ATI and AMD have been struggling against their competitors of late - perhaps combined they'll stand a better chance. And if they can get their prices low enough to interest VARs (especially now they have the potential to offer a combined CPU+Chipset+Graphics package) then the sky's the limit.
@Komrad: Not all mergers are planned or agreed on at a board meeting. If a company is stupid enough to leave most of its shares on the market, well...
@marvinmatthew: All of the threads on this subject will be merged shortly.