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CEO Lisa Su on building the new AMD

AMD CEO Lisa Su
Lisa Su holds up AMD's next-generation graphics chip for the data center. Photo: AMD

AMD founder Jerry Sanders was fond of flashy suits and boasted of his manufacturing prowess. "Real men have fabs," he would say, referring to the costly chipmaking plants that AMD operated.

Current CEO Lisa Su presides over a very different AMD. It's one that still aims to rival Intel in powering the world's most capable computers, as it did under Sanders — but Su's AMD focuses on design and strategy, leaving the actual manufacturing to partners like foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.

Apple to pay $600 million for part of chip supplier's business

Photo of Apple Store front with logo.
Apple Store in Munich, Germany. Photo: Alexander Pohl/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Apple is acquiring a piece of U.K.- and Germany-based chip company Dialog Semiconductor for $600 million, including $300 million as a pre-payment for chips.

Why it matters: Apple is going deeper into designing its own chips as the deal includes about 300 employees joining Apple and acquisition of intellectual property. It also puts more certainty into Dialog's future after recent rumors that Apple may turn to other suppliers.

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