Editor’s note: This is the final installment in our series examining AMD’s acquisition of Xilinx and what it means for the evolving FPGA market.
By Bolaji Ojo
What’s at stake?
New computing architectures are being imagined and explored by the biggest players in the semiconductor industry, marking the acceleration of an emerging technology cycle that could put as much as two-thirds of the $600 billion market within their reach. AMD’s acquisition of FPGA powerhouse Xilinx makes it a more viable competitor in this new world.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s acquisition of Xilinx Inc. closed in February, bringing the era of the large independent FPGA vendor to a close. It also heralds a new dawn of technology integration, the possible emergence of a new CPU-GPU architecture, and the stiffening of competition among the industry’s largest chip vendors.
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