Biggest Garage Sale In the History of the World
Bill Quick

IBM reportedly considering sale of chip manufacturing operations | Ars Technica

IBM is considering a sale of its chip manufacturing operations, the Wall Street Journal reported last night. The company would not stop designing its own chips, however. Just as AMD outsources manufacturing of the chips it designs, IBM “is looking for a buyer for its manufacturing operations, but plans to retain its chip-design capability,” according to the Journal’s source.

Well, lessee.  Nokia sold its phone business.  Google sold Motorola.  Sony sold its PC business, most of it, at least.   And IBM has sold, or will sell, its server and chip businesses.

I don’t think its a coincidence that Chinese tech behemoth Lenovo is doing most of the buying here, either.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Biggest Garage Sale In the History of the World — 6 Comments

    • Remember how Lenovo got its start towards becoming a tech behemoth, Barry: They bought IBM’s PC division. And they haven’t done at all badly with that.

      Now they’ve got PCs, phones and tablets (mobile) and servers (the Cloud). And China.

      I wouldn’t bet against them very heavily.

  1. Yes, I know the history and they were building the IBM laptops for IBM prior to the purchase. I’m not betting against them so much, but anyone in business has to wonder why the competition is doing the opposite. Becoming so large in a single market can lead to disaster when the market falters, or, and just as likely, some breakthrough renders your entire production base obsolete. For example, a breakthrough in chip manufacturing…

  2. The big guys are all reaching for a combo of Cloud and mobile. They don’t see a future for PCs, and in the developed world, where PC penetration is on the order of 90% +, they’re probably right. But Lenovo is serving a market where PC penetraton is much less, so they’re keeping PCs in their mix, too.

  3. ” But Lenovo is serving a market where PC penetraton is much less, so they’re keeping PCs in their mix, too.”

    I understand. OTOH, those developing markets often skip over a whole step or three. For example, there are no (well, very few) telephone lines in places like Bangladesh, but everyone seems to have a cell phone.

    Of course, I’m one that doesn’t think the PC is dying, but I may be wrong.