AMD Buys Sea Micro

AMD Buys Sea Micro

In a surprise move, silicon chip-maker AMD acquired server manufacturer Sea Micro for $334 million. Sea Micro has had a lot of press lately for their Freedom Fabric ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) technology. This allows a typical server motherboard to be condensed down into components about the same size as a deck of cards. Using this technology, a single 10 U server can house 768 CPUs. Comparatively, a typical 768 CPU server setup usually occupies about 84 U. Essentially, they use less space and less power to do the same job. This seems like a great deal, but here’s the strange part… Sea Micro uses Intel chips. Huh?

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