AMD + ATI: Imperfect Together?

Both chipmakers are bullish about combining, but a key issue for them will be convincing skeptics they should join together in the first place

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Chief Executive Hector Ruiz waxed metaphorical as he described his company's acquisition of ATI Technologies(ATYT). Chipmaker AMD, hoping to gain a leg up on a resurgent rival Intel (INTC), on July 24 ended months of speculation by saying it would buy graphics chipmaker ATI for about $5.4 billion.

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