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So why did AMD renegotiate its deal with and dump its remaining stake in GlobalFoundries in the first place? Here's the background...
Change in agreement
Investors tracking the industry know that AMD and GlobalFoundries have had quite a bumpy relationship. AMD had to contend with a number of problems, including supply shortages of its 32-nanometer chips made by GlobalFoundries. Keeping that in mind, the divestment effectively means that AMD now has greater freedom to outsource its chip manufacturing process elsewhere, and possibly address any delays in the process.
At the same time, this also terminates the exclusive arrangement the company had with GlobalFoundries for the manufacturing of its next-generation 28-nanometer-based processors. Speaking of which, AMD seems to be quite happy with the progress of its other manufacturing partner, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
But as AMD irons out issues pertaining to the production side of its business, it's also scouting for newer avenues for revenue generation.
Cloud data centers and Internet giants such as Facebook are increasingly demanding extremely power-efficient servers, which are referred to as micro servers. AMD is doing its best to make further inroads into the specialized micro-server market and started off through its recent acquisition of SeaMicro. But AMD isn't alone in the micro-server race.
However, in my opinion, the most serious threat in this space might come from ARM Holdings
The Foolish bottom line
AMD might be reeling from a near-term hit due to its divestment of GlobalFoundries. But then, the move definitely makes sense in the long run. Even S&P seems quite happy, as it recently lifted AMD's credit rating to "BB-" from the earlier "B+," citing improved financial conditions and prospects of better revenue and earnings in the foreseeable future.
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