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The reasoning behind this is, well, that is exactly what SeaMicro did, and they are the only ones currently doing it. The biggest and most lucrative server customers are the ones SeaMicro caters to, and are head and shoulders above their competition. While the company does not talk much about their customer base, they have the ear of every large buyer that matters in the server world. This is the other half of what AMD bought.
As a tangential bonus, SeaMicro was Intel’s baby. They were pushing the boundaries of server design, and pushing Intel engineers hard to do things better. This was a win/win for Intel, and given the attention that SeaMicro got at Intel shows and calls, it wasn’t just fluffy PR.
Those engineering ties have now moved one exit up the 101 from Santa Clara to Sunnyvale, and took their unique expertise with them. They of course rode a wave of dollars to get there, but it is hard to say that the company didn’t earn it.
The loss of SeaMicro to Intel is bad for Intel, but the gain of SeaMicro by AMD is worse. It instantly moves AMD from a fading presence in the area where they were traditionally strongest to a potential powerhouse. To make matters more complicated, it also removes the best tool Intel had to attack AMD with. Intel may minimize this loss in their official statements, but don’t be fooled, this really hurts the company. It may be a bit before AMD has true products out that are optimized for SeaMicro, but they will come.
In the end, AMD bought a very very good thing in SeaMicro. They got the best technology, and more importantly, the expertise to implement it. On top of it, the purchase opened up doors to just about every Intel server stronghold there is, something AMD would have a hard time doing otherwise. Brilliant move on AMD’s part, and a painful loss for Intel. Just about the only thing you can say other than that is that the purported technical press, loud though they may shout, doesn’t have a clue about servers.S|A

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http://semiaccurate.com/2012/03/01/why-purchasing-seamicro-was-important-for-amd/
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Why didn't intel buy them earlier ?
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Why didn't intel buy them earlier ?

SeaMicro was already only using Intel processors so for that reason they didn't need to buy them and they didn't think AMD would buy them either.
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Oh no the "why XXX should be worried because XXX's competition made a strategic move."
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Eh, they'll start to lose business once AMD's sale model is put in place of the existing model, and Intel won't have anything to worry about.

Watch - in 5 years this will be bumped to say "I told you so".
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Gotta love the last sentence. "I know what I'm talking about, and if anybody else disagrees with me they don't know what they're talking about."
    
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Why did SeaMicro sell =O CEO was weak... he gave in to the devil devil.gifgunner.gif
    
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Why didn't intel buy them earlier ?

They didn't have enough money. I know what I'm talking about, and if anybody else disagrees with me they don't know what they're talking about.
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Hmmm.. interesting stuff.

Judging by the first few comments, who wants to bet me 10 bucks this turns into another AMD flamefest with at least 75% of Intel fans running Bulldozer into the ground again or otherwise discrediting AMD as usual?

Back on topic... Hopefully this whole deal will mean more revenue, market share and reputation for AMD in the not too distant future. Let's hope this goes well and helps AMD a little in mending their cracked foundation in the CPU market.
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