AMD advances its plan to acquire Xilinx. The proposal has been submitted to the European Commission
AMD announced the acquisition of Xilinx last year and is currently proceeding as planned. AMD has submitted a proposal to the European Commission today. The EU will investigate AMD’s acquisition of Xilinx for a period of time until June. In addition to passing the review of the United States and the European Union, the transaction also needs to be approved by Chinese and British regulatory agencies. The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation earlier this month and set the end date for the first phase of the investigation in July.
On the other hand, with competitor Nvidia’s acquisition of Arm, the industry is generally worried that Nvidia will bind to GPU in the future and there will be a monopoly, which has caused huge controversy. Oliver Dowden, the Minister of Digitalization, Culture, Media, and Sports of the United Kingdom, also issued a notice of public interest intervention on the grounds of “national security.” The CMA needs to complete the relevant investigation report before midnight on July 30, 2021. At the same time, the British government will also review the public interest related to national security.
In contrast, AMD’s acquisition is under much less pressure, and the problem is not expected to be big. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su admitted in a recent interview that one of the reasons for the acquisition of Xilinx is its ability in the telecommunications field. After the acquisition, AMD can participate more in emerging platforms such as 5G networks and artificial intelligence, and there will be more opportunities for contact. At the same time, it can also increase the correlation between CPU and FPGA solutions, which is critical in the future.