Oracle corporation is on a spending spree after this years acquisition of Sun Microsystems, a large system builder. Oracle wants to reinforce it's enterprise IT business with the acquisition of a major chip-maker.
At the moment, AMD, IBM (it's processor division) and NVIDIA are being named as potentials.
CEO Larry Ellison said, "You're going to see us buying chip companies,"
Ellison said he wants to copy the approach of Apple's CEO Steve Jobs by owning more of the IP that goes into computer chips.
While it makes sense to purchase chip-makers, an acquisition of a large GPU company like AMD or NVIDIA would be interesting to say the least. While NVIDIA is "down" (high end sales, when compared to 5k series sales) it looks very interesting - it would give NVIDIA more strength to start the obvious fight next year when AMD treads the APU territory, while NVIDIA are stuck with just a GPGPU and no integration of an x86 chip.
More interestingly, share prices of both AMD and NVIDIA rose slightly yesterday after this news hit.