AMD shoots down ARM partnership rumor

— 3:52 PM on April 29, 2011

So much for all that hoopla about AMD maybe, possibly planning to partner up with ARM. As PC World reports, AMD has gone on record to disavow any speculation about it cheating on x86 with another instruction-set architecture. Here's the juicy part from the article:

AMD is not seeking an ARM license as it has a strong CPU and graphics technology around which to build chips for tablets, said John Taylor, director of client product and software marketing at AMD. . . . "We've made a big bet on APUs, which are x86," Taylor said in an interview, referring to accelerated processing units.

Of course, this wouldn't be the first time a company has officially denied watershed negotiations taking place behind closed doors. With all of the tablet design wins Nvidia's ARM-based Tegra 2 chips are grabbing, you've gotta imagine at least some folks at AMD are kicking themselves for not branching out beyond x86.

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