AMD is Open to Integrating 3rd Party IP in Future SoCsby Anand Lal Shimpi on February 2, 2012 12:50 PM EST
Don't expect AMD to go into much detail on this here at the Financial Analyst Day, but the slide above shows a definite step towards becoming a modern SoC company. Looking at TI, Qualcomm, NVIDIA and even Intel, integrating 3rd party IP into an SoC isn't unusual - particularly when competing in the ultra mobile space. AMD wants the same flexibility. Going forward, if AMD is successful, we will see SoCs based on AMD technologies that are combined with 3rd party IP. In theory this could come in the form of anything from a video decoder/encoder block to an ARM based CPU/GPU. AMD has mentioned ARM a few times in its presentations today but don't expect any major announcements here. The key word here is agility. AMD wants to be an SoC company that can deliver whatever combination of first and third party IP that the customer wants.