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Qualcomm buys AMD's graphics, multimedia assets

Posted: 22 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qualcomm AMD acquisition? multimedia handheld? graphics assets AMD?

Qualcomm Inc. has acquired certain graphics and multimedia technology assets, IP and resources that were formerly the basis of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s handheld business.

The acquisition enhances Qualcomm's multimedia capabilities, allowing the company to strengthen its position in delivering more advanced products that redefine next-generation mobile user experiences.

"This acquisition of assets from AMD's handheld business brings us strong multimedia technologies, including graphics cores that we have been licensing for several years," said Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.

"With the sale of these handheld technology assets and resources to Qualcomm, we are better able to focus on our core business and leverage our unique position as a leader in both x86 computing and high-end graphics," said Robert Rivet, chief operations and administrative officer, chief financial officer of AMD.

Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has extended employment offers to various design and development teams from AMD's handheld business. The teams are developing technologies to enhance mobile devices in areas including 2D and 3D graphics, audio/video, display, and architecture.

The two companies signed and closed a binding agreement on Jan. 19, 2009, having already received required regulatory approvals. Cash consideration from Qualcomm to AMD, as part of the transaction, is $65 million, subject to adjustments for employee-related expenses and a holdback for certain customary indemnification obligations. Both AMD and Qualcomm are committed to a seamless transfer of business assets, as well as a smooth transition for employees.

Qualcomm expects the acquisition to be approximately $0.02 dilutive to pro forma earnings per share in fiscal 2009 and accretive to earnings by the second half of calendar year 2010.





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