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Qualcomm eyes server market

by on21 November 2014


Rumours of AMD buy out

Qualcomm's CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, has said that the server market is a $15 billion opportunity and will deliver products to address that market.

Intriguingly, he revealed that while it will take time to build that business, Qualcomm is confident that it will do well because it has access to the latest manufacturing technologies.

This has sparked rumours that Qualcomm is serious about buying AMD. This would solve Qualcomm’s problem that it will take a while for it to get into that market.

It lacks the expertise of AMD and one has to wonder whether Qualcomm will not, five years after acquiring AMD's mobile graphics IP, swallow the rest of the company.

Mollenkopf, speaking at the company's annual analyst day meeting in New York, told the audience that he sees a convergence between the requirements of chips that power high-end smartphones and tablets and those inside data centres.

14nm is currently the smallest commercial geometry available with 10nm likely to be reached by 2017. Nvidia and Samsung pulled out of that race while Calxeda went belly up after becoming one of the first to successfully launch an ARM-based server product.

Only Cavium, Applied Micro and AMD are staying in the game fighting against Intel.


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