First it was AMD and ATI, and now it's Asus and Gigabyte. Actually, the deal between Asus and Gigabyte is quite different. Whereas AMD is merging with ATI, Asus and Gigabyte are forming more of a strategic partnership. More details of the deal are on-line in this interview posted at Tweaktown.
"This week the motherboard industry and probably the entire computer industry got a little shock - just another one in the past 12 months, as now seems to be the time for companies to join forces. After a meeting with the directors of GIGABYTE and ASUS, a decision was agreed on regarding a joint venture between the two Taiwan motherboard heavyweight giants."