Sun Acquires Chipmaker Montalvo

Sun Microsystems is buying the technical assets of Montalvo Systems, a semiconductor company that was looking to break into the x86 market against the likes of Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. In a statement, a Sun spokesperson said the company completed the acquisition of Montalvo April 21, although the announcement was not made until April 24. Terms of the deal were not disclosed because the acquisition was “not material with respect to Sun's earnings per share,” according to the statement.

It is not clear why Sun, which is best known for its own line of SPARC and UltraSPARC processors, bought a company that had focused on the more popular x86 market. Additionally, there is not much known about Montalvo: a check of its Web site shows a number of job listings, but no list of products.

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