Date: July 24, 2006

Acquired for: $4.3 Billion

As Intel continued its dominance on the processing front, AMD made the call to purchase graphics specialist ATI. The merger was considered a huge bust at first with the company bleeding through most of its finances. Then the concept of using graphics processors to enhance CPU performance caught the attention of numerous hardware manufacturers. AMD would go on to fill that void with the development of its new Fusion processors, which featured ATI technologies and integrated graphics and general processing power into one chip. Business boomed and next thing you know, AMD became one of the industry leaders in GPU technology.