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AMD-SeaMicro Deal Shows Strange Server Bedfellows

Published on March 4, 2012
by Don Clark

Companies that need to catch up to competitors sometimes try what seem like odd ideas. The deal by chip maker Advanced Micro Devices to buy server maker SeaMicro seems to fit the pattern, and it isn’t the only option that was considered.

People familiar with the matter say that AMD — for decades a distant second to Intel in microprocessor chips — also flirted with the possibility of buying Calxeda, another start-up developing technology for energy-efficient servers.

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