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Xilinx makes FPGA chips for a broad range of applications getty. Most of the stories about AMD’s plans to acquire Xilinx XLNX Inc. for $35 billion focus on the consolidation of the U.S. semiconductor industry, following recent deals for ARM Holdings and Maxim Integrated Products MXIM . But this transaction is interesting because it says a lot about where computer architectures are going, and what Xilinx could mean to AMD’s customers and its product roadmap. Xylinx is a leader in field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), a type of chip that has various resources on it such as programmable logic blocks and reconfigurable interconnects that allow different parts to be wired together. This is ve... Full story

27 October