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Chip makers go on M&A binge

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor industry? merger? acquisition? trends?

Semiconductor companies, awash with cash from a 35-percent growth of the market this year, are looking toward mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as an investment avenue as they await clear signals from Wall Street and Washington, according to a report from Forward Concepts.

Chip houses with products but no dependable and profitable shipment volumes believe that M&As, which may be classified as part of research and development, are a viable alternative to spending on expansions and manpower hiring.

Among the notable M&As are Broadcom's acquisition/merger of Beceem to add the latter's WiMAX and LTE solutions to its portfolio, as well as its acquisition of Percello, an Israel-based supplier of UMTS femtocell basebands; Qualcomm's purchase of 4G modem chip house Sandbridge Technologies Inc., which developed a unique multicore DSP design ideal for LTE; Infineon's acquisition of Germany-based LTE modem maker Blue Wonder Communications; PMC-Sierra's purchase of Wintegra, a communication processor chips producer; and Renesas' acquisition of Nokia's cell phone modem chip business and Mobile Multimedia SoC Division.

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