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Funding for IC firms fell, says analyst

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:venture investment? IC firm? acquisition? merger?

According to the Global Semiconductor Association (GSA), venture investment received by semiconductor companies reached $28.9 million in March. This is a decrease of 82 percent from February and down 85 percent from March last year, based on the report by the trade group.

Eight semiconductor firms received funding in March, down 43 percent from February and down 14 percent from March 2011. The report also revealed that out of the eight that got funding in March, six were fabless companies and two were suppliers to chip companies, GSA said.

Only one company, Denmark-based Merus Audio, received first round in investment in March, GSA noted. One company, analog chip vendor M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings had an initial public offering in March.

The number of mergers and acquisitions in the semiconductor industry increased by six in March compared to February and was flat with March last year, GSA continued. The largest M&A deal in March was AMD's purchase of micro-server developer SeaMicro for $334 million.

- Dylan McGrath
??EE Times

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