AMD is in late-stage talks to buy rival chipmaker Xilinx: report

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is in late-stage talks geared toward acquiring rival processor giant Xilinx, reports suggest.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the discussion, now in “advanced” stages, could be valued at over $30 billion. 

The publication reported on Thursday that an agreement could be finalized as early as next week. 

However, sources close to the matter added that discussions had previously “stalled” before restarting, and so there is no concrete guarantee that an acquisition bid would be accepted or go ahead at all. 

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Over this year, AMD has launched a variety of new processors including the AMD Radeon Pro 5000 gaming processors, Ryzen & Ryzen Pro 4000G, and the enterprise Epyc 7Fx2 series. 

The company has enjoyed a surge in share price over the past 12 months, rising from roughly $28 in October 2019 to

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AMD Is Said to Be in Talks to Buy Rival Chipmaker Xilinx

(Bloomberg) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is in advanced discussions to buy Xilinx Inc. in a takeover that could be valued at $30 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

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The deal could come together as early as next week, though things remain in flux, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing a private deal. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the negotiations.

A combination with Xilinx would give AMD Chief Executive Officer Lisa Su more of the pieces needed to break Intel Corp.’s stranglehold on the profitable market for data-center computer components. It would follow moves by rival Nvidia Corp., which bought Mellanox Technologies Ltd. and aims to use its pending acquisition of Arm Ltd. to grab more of that business.

Acquiring Xilinx, which makes programmable chips for wireless networks, would also help AMD expand into a new market just as telecommunications carriers

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Micron Shares Fall After Chipmaker Halts Shipments to Huawei

(Bloomberg) — Micron Technology Inc. shares fell after the largest U.S. chipmaker said it recently halted shipments to China’s Huawei Technologies Co.

Micron also cut capital spending plans, warned about weaker demand from some corporate customers and forecast possible oversupply in a key market next year.

Shares of the company dropped 3.6% in extended trading on Tuesday. The stock is down almost 6% for the year, while the benchmark Philadelphia Semiconductor Index is up more than 20%.

In a presentation, Micron said it halted shipments to Huawei on Sept 14. The Chinese tech giant has been hit recently by more U.S. government action designed to cut it off from suppliers.



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Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Mehrotra said Huawei is Micron’s biggest customer and it will take time to make up for lost orders. The company’s

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U.S. sanctions on chipmaker SMIC hit at the very heart of China’s tech ambitions

  • The U.S. government has reportedly imposed restrictions that require suppliers to get an export license to sell certain equipment to China’s biggest chipmaker SMIC.
  • The move threatens to hit at the heart of China’s plans to boost its domestic semiconductor industry, a need that has been accelerated by the trade war with the U.S.
  • SMIC is seen as a critical part of China’s ambitions and the commerce department’s sanctions could hold back the company’s development for several years.



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GUANGZHOU, China — The U.S. government has reportedly imposed restrictions on exports to SMIC, China’s biggest chip manufacturer, a move that threatens Beijing’s push to become more self-reliant in one of the most critical areas of technology.

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Suppliers for certain equipment to SMIC will need to apply for an export license, according

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Shares in China’s biggest chipmaker fall after reports that it could lose access to US technology

Shares in SMIC, China’s biggest chipmaker, fell on Monday on fears that it could lose access to key US technology.



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The Financial Times reported this weekend that the US Commerce Department has sent a letter to companies warning of an “unacceptable risk” that exports to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation could be used for military purposes.

It’s not entirely clear whether that letter means that official restrictions on SMIC have gone into effect. The FT reported that the firm had been “hit by US sanctions.” Reuters similarly reported that the US is tightening controls on exports to SMIC, citing the letter.

But the US Commerce Department has not yet added the Chinese firm to its Entity List, which would require US companies

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China’s Largest Chipmaker Sinks After U.S. Imposes Restrictions

SMIC Targets Sales Increase Of As Much As 20% In 2011

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Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. retreated to a four-month low in Hong Kong after the U.S. imposed export restrictions on China’s largest chipmaker.

The shares slumped as much as 7.9% on Monday, adding to their 25% loss for the month. Also listed in Shanghai, SMIC’s stock there retreated as much as 5.8% to the lowest level since its July debut. U.S. firms must now apply for a license to export certain products to the chipmaker, the Commerce Dept. said in a letter dated Sept. 25, reviewed by Bloomberg News. SMIC and its subsidiaries present “an unacceptable risk of diversion to a military end use,” the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security wrote.

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The U.S. stopped short of placing SMIC on the so-called entity list, which means the restrictions are not yet as severe as

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US sets restrictions on China’s biggest chipmaker, citing military fears

US wariness of Chinese tech firms was underlined again Friday, when the Commerce Department reportedly sent a letter to companies in the states telling them they must get a license before exporting certain goods to China’s largest chipmaker, because of concerns about military use of technology.



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The Commerce Department said in the letter that exports to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation “may pose an unacceptable risk of diversion to a military end use in the People’s Republic of China,” according to a report Saturday by The New York Times.

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Last year, the US placed restrictions on companies selling gear to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, over concerns about Huawei’s relationship with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies.

And popular video app TikTok, owned

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US tightens trade restrictions on Chinese chipmaker SMIC

The US Commerce Department has added China’s largest chipmaker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), to its entity list, after it determined there an “unacceptable risk” that equipment SMIC received could be used for military purposes, Reuters reported.

The move blocks US computer chip companies from exporting technology to SMIC without an export license. SMIC is the latest major Chinese firm to be put on the entity list; the Trump administration added phone manufacturer Huawei to the list in 2019.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Commerce Department wrote in a letter to the computer chip industry on Friday that exporting products to SMIC would “pose an unacceptable risk of diversion to a military end use in the People’s Republic of China.”

In April, the administration tightened export rules on shipping goods to China. It claims it’s seeking to keep US companies from selling products that could be used

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