China Conditionally Approves AMD’s Deal For Xilinx

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China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has conditionally approved the sale of all Xilinx shares to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for $35 billion.

The deal, once sealed, will be the largest in the semiconductor industry. Regulators in the U.S., U.K., Europe and other regions have given the green light to the deal.

To approve the deal, China’s market regulators outlined several conditions that must be met.

This includes approving the deal as long as AMD and Xilinx do not force tie-in sales of products or discriminate against customers who buy only a specific set of products.

The regulator also stated that the new company would also guarantee “the flexibility and programmability of Xilinx FPGAs” and “that their development methods are compatible with ARM-based processors.”

There must be provisions to ensure that its GPUs and FPGA products sold to China are interoperable with products in the Chinese market.

The merger puts the two chip companies in a better position to compete with rival Intel in the semiconductor market.

For more information, read the original story in Reuters.


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