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.