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AMD to Acquire SeaMicro: Accelerates Disruptive Server Strategy
SeaMicro's Low-Power, High-Bandwidth Microserver Solutions Set the Stage for AMD's Disruptive Approach To Lead Fast-Growing Cloud Data Center Market
AMD's server technology combined with SeaMicro technology provides customers with a range of processor choices and platforms that can help significantly reduce data center complexity, cost and energy consumption while improving performance. AMD plans to offer the first AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based solutions that combine AMD and SeaMicro technology in the second half of 2012. The company remains firmly committed to its traditional server business, and will continue to focus and invest in this area.
"By acquiring SeaMicro, we are accelerating AMD's transformation into an agile, disruptive innovator capable of staking a data center leadership position," said Rory Read, president and CEO, AMD. "SeaMicro is a pioneer in low-power server technology. The unmatched combination of AMD's processing capabilities, SeaMicro's system and fabric technology, and our ambidextrous technology approach uniquely positions AMD with a compelling, differentiated position to attack the fastest growing segment of the server market."
SeaMicro technologies offer substantial advantages in large data center and Cloud environments. Cloud data centers are projected to be the fastest growing segment of the server market through 2015, according to IDC. Current systems featuring SeaMicro technology typically use one quarter the power and take one sixth the space of traditional servers with the same compute performance, yet deliver up to 12 times the bandwidth per core.
Foremost among SeaMicro's innovations is their supercompute fabric, which connects thousands of processor cores, memory, storage and input/output traffic. SeaMicro's fabric supports multiple processor instruction sets. SeaMicro solutions are currently deployed in multiple sites across the world. AMD will continue to support all current SeaMicro customers while accelerating plans to deliver new platforms that combine AMD and SeaMicro technology and enable AMD's OEM partners to bring differentiated solutions to market.
"Cloud computing has brought a sea change to the data center - dramatically altering the economics of compute by changing the workload and optimal characteristics of a server," said Andrew Feldman, SeaMicro CEO, who will become general manager of AMD's newly created Data Center Server Solutions business. "SeaMicro was founded to dramatically reduce the power consumed by servers, while increasing compute density and bandwidth. By becoming a part of AMD, we will have access to new markets, resources, technology, and scale that will provide us with the opportunity to work tightly with our OEM partners as we fundamentally change the server market."
The acquisition does not change AMD's 2012 financial guidance and the transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings after 2012. AMD will fund the cash portion of the acquisition with existing cash reserves.
AMD Conference Call
AMD will hold a conference call for the financial community at 4:45 p.m. EST today to discuss today's announcement. AMD will provide a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference on the Investor Relations page of its Web site at www.AMD.com. The webcast will be available for 10 days after the conference call.
SeaMicro - a Pioneer in Low Power Server Technology
Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., SeaMicro was founded in 2007 and has approximately 80 employees. By delivering breakthrough innovations borne of multiple technology domains - CPU design, virtualization, supercomputing and networking - SeaMicro has created a new server architecture purpose-built for scale-out infrastructures such as those found in the web tier, online gaming, search and index computation. In 2009, the company received the largest U.S. Department of Energy grant given to a server company, $9.3 million, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
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 According to IDC Q4 2011 Server Forecast
 1/4 the power based on a comparison of same throughput achieved by 51 traditional 2P 1U rack servers @ 13,581 total watts at 100% utilization and 512 1P SeaMicro servers in a single 10U chassis at 2,499 total watts at 100% utilization, running a standard web server workload. 1/6 the floor space is based on a comparison of 60 1U traditional servers versus one SeaMicro chassis at 10U. 12X throughput is based on a traditional Dual socket platform with 12 cores (2 socket x six cores) and 2x1GB NICs (2 Gig/12 cores = 167 Mbps bandwidth per core) compared to a SeaMicro single socket server 4 cores and aggregated bandwidth of up to 8 1 Gig NICs for each socket (8 Gig/4 cores = 2Gbps bandwidth per core) 2/.167 = 12
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