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Behind the AMD / ATI merger

AMD's acquisition of ATI is valued at about $5.6 billion. AMD employs about 18,100 people and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. The company has a market capitalization of about $8.67 billion (as of 7/22).

AMD’s acquisition of ATI is valued at about $5.6 billion. AMD employs about 18,100 people and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. The company has a market capitalization of about $8.67 billion (as of 7/22).

ATI has its home in Markham, Ontario. The firm employs just over 2500 people and carries a market value of about $4.58 billion (as of 7/22).

ATI has its home in Markham, Ontario. The firm employs just over 2500 people and carries a market value of about $4.58 billion (as of 7/22).

Since the spin-off of its Flash unit Spansion, the company focuses on developing microprocessors, including the dual-core desktop-processors Athlon 64 FX-62 and Athlon 64 X2 as well as .

Since the spin-off of its Flash unit Spansion, the company focuses on developing microprocessors, including the dual-core desktop-processors Athlon 64 FX-62 and Athlon 64 X2 as well as .

. the mobile dual-core processor Turion 64 X2, which will have replaced the single core Turion 64 by the end of this year.

. the mobile dual-core processor Turion 64 X2, which will have replaced the single core Turion 64 by the end of this year.

One of the key values of ATI is its chipset business. According to Mercury Research, the company shipped 8.2 million chipsets in the first quarter of this year, which gave ATI a 12% market share and made it the world's third largest chipset company behind

One of the key values of ATI is its chipset business. According to Mercury Research, the company shipped 8.2 million chipsets in the first quarter of this year, which gave ATI a 12% market share and made it the world’s third largest chipset company behind

ATI also offers two multi-GPU chipsets: The Xpress 1600 with one X16 lane and the Xpress 3200 with two X16 lane for high-end gaming systems.

ATI also offers two multi-GPU chipsets : The Xpress 1600 with one X16 lane and the Xpress 3200 with two X16 lane for high-end gaming systems.

It will be interesting to see how AMD will take advantage of ATI's discrete graphics business which carries the X1900 XTX Crossfire card as its flagship model on the desktop and .

It will be interesting to see how AMD will take advantage of ATI’s discrete graphics business which carries the X1900 XTX Crossfire card as its flagship model on the desktop and .

. the Mobility Radeon X1600 chip on the mobile side.

. the Mobility Radeon X1600 chip on the mobile side.

ATI also had substantial success in recent years with its multimedia boards, especially its All-in-Wonder series. This is the latest version AiW X1900.

ATI also had substantial success in recent years with its multimedia boards, especially its All-in-Wonder series. This is the latest version AiW X1900.

ATI has been supporting HDTV input signals for some time with the HDTV Wonder board.

ATI has been supporting HDTV input signals for some time with the HDTV Wonder board.

A silent success for ATI: The Theater chip has not only been used on ATI TV tuner cards but is present on numerous tuner cards, including devices from Asus.

A silent success for ATI : The Theater chip has not only been used on ATI TV tuner cards but is present on numerous tuner cards, including devices from Asus.