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The madness that is the semiconductor industry
And there we had another bang, On Semiconductor acquired Fairchild for USD 2.4 billion. This year has, in many ways, completely changed the semiconductor landscape.
But the year started – as always – with January and during that month we saw Vishay taking over Capella Microsystems , which was soon followed by Lattice Semi's USD 600 million acquisition of Silicon Image. Here in Sweden it was still pitch black outside with only hints of light shining through the clouds when Silicon Labs acquired Bluegiga in February. However, the month saw a few more acquisitions. IXYS acquired RadioPulse and MaxLinear went on and bagged Entropic; all on the same day. A few days went by before we saw the next deal, which was the completion of NXP's acquisition of Quintic. The month ended with FotoNation acquisition of UK-based Smart Sensors Limited. Snow is starting to melt and we wade around in slush (as we tend to get new snow during the nights) when the news hit; NXP was going to acquire Freescale in a USD 11.8 billion deal. Also in March and on a slightly smaller scale – but not less important – Semtech acquired Triune Systems for USD 45 million. Lattice Semiconductor closed its acquisition of Silicon Image and NXP continued its aggressive acquisition spree with the purchase of Athena SCS. The month, which had already seen quite a bit of activity ended with Microsemi's takeover of Vitesse Semiconductor and National Instruments acquisition of BEEcube. In April we'd thought we had ridden out the worst of the storm, as the month offered a much slower pace than March with only one acquisition where Silicon Motion took over Shannon Systems. But boy were we wrong. Out of a clear blue sky Microchip announced that it would acquire Micrel and then like a thunderbolt, a USD 37 billion deal under which Avago was to acquire Broadcom appeared. Surely this had to be the end of this madness! Once again, the answer is 'No'. In June, Intel officially put an end to the rumours when announcing that it would acquire Altera, creating a new powerhouse (as if it wasn't already big enough). In quick succession Cypress and Spansion completed their USD 5 billion merger, days later Synopsys went on to acquire Atrenta, ISSI agreed to a merger with Cypress and Ultra acquired an RF and Microwave supplier. Then - just to confuse everyone - came Uphill Investment and trumped Cypress offer for ISSI. As someone undoubtedly more famous then myself commented: "We're looking at a perfect storm.". July and August offered more of the same; GlobalFoundries completed its acquisition of IBM's semi business (), the battle for ISSI finally ended. AMS acquired the CMOS sensor business from NXP (which had been on an acquisition spree itself earlier this year). Microchip completed its purchase of Micrel and Autoliv did the same with its acquisition of MACOM's Automotive Business. Summer had passed and we thought that we could finally get a breather, but guess what? – wrong again. In early September, Diodes came to the party with its acquisition of Pericom Semiconductor, which was followed by yet another billion-class deal under which Dialog acquired Atmel for USD 4.6 billion. GigOptix kept the trend going by taking on Terasquare in late September. We were entering October, and we were desperate for a slowdown. It's the month before the big shows in Munich and we needed time to prepare. Did the semiconductor industry care? – No. Fujifilm announced its acquisition Ultra Pure Solutions, Jordan Valley Semiconductors was bought by Bruker, Sony found a Belgian image sensor technology company it wanted to buy. We got about a week before the next wave came. Ultra Electronics acquired Furnace Parts, SanDisk was acquired by Western Digital in a USD 19 billion deal, and IDT went on to buy ZMDI for USD 310 million. Sony confirmed its plans to acquire Toshiba’s sensor business and National Instruments bought Micropross for EUR 95 million. And now, in November, with the months running out – Semiconductor madness continues its merry-go-round – as On Semi buys Fairchild for USD 2.4 billion. I'm not sure I can take December... And we still have the ongoing battle over PMC-Sierra
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ALLOS Semiconductors has sold its high power electronics and RF business AZUR SPACE has acquired the electronics business of GaN-on-Si epiwafer expert ALLOS Semiconductors.
STMicroelectronics team up with Fingerprint Cards Swedish Fingerprint Cards has teamed with global semiconductor powerhouse, STMicroelectronics, to develop an advanced Biometric System-on-Card (BSoC) solution based on fingerprint-recognition technology.
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Arm to strengthen focus on core semiconductor IP business growth Arm is looking to strengthen its focus on growth and profitability. To achieve this the company has proposed strategic organisational changes – which involves the transferring of businesses.
ROHM and Leadrive establish a joint laboratory ROHM and Leadrive Technology, a Chinese manufacturer of automotive powertrain for new energy vehicles, have already held the opening ceremony for their joint laboratory on SiC technology in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (Lingang New Area).
Imagination announces latest licensing deal with NXP Imagination Technologies says that NXP has extended its license for Imagination’s Ethernet Packet Processor (EPP) IP for use in S32 vehicle network processors.
Synaptics to buy rights to Broadcom’s Wireless IoT connectivity business Synaptics Incorporated has signed definitive agreements under which Synaptics will acquire certain assets and manufacturing rights associated with the wireless IoT business of Broadcom for approximately USD 250 million in an all-cash transaction.
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Mini LED supply chain to benefit from Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro As Apple’s upcoming release of products featuring Mini LED backlight generates a growth in Mini LED demand, the company has also stimulated actors in the Mini LED supply chain to increase their production capacities.
National Instruments completes acquisition of OptimalPlus NI has officially closed the acquisition of OptimalPlus, a data analytics software provider for the semiconductor, automotive and electronics industries.
LeddarTech acquires VayaVision LeddarTech has acquired sensor fusion and perception software company VayaVision.
ON Semi to provide Danfoss with high power devices ON Semiconductor will supply Danfoss Silicon Power with high power IGBTs and diodes for inverter traction modules in the fast growing electric vehicle market.
X-FAB hit by cyber attack On the fifth of July, the mixed signal foundry expert, was the target of a cyber security attack.
UK and France on the map for Huawei Back in 2018, Huawei acquired 500 acres of land in Cambridge. Now the first phase of the Huawei Campus was approved by the local council and the company is gearing up to start the expansion. Adding to that, in late February, the Chinese telecom giant said it intends to build an automated factory will focus on 4G and 5G equipment in France.
Jenoptik is looking to accelerate growth with acquisition of TRIOPTICS Jenoptik is acquiring 100% of the shares in TRIOPTICS GmbH, a supplier of test equipment and manufacturing systems for optical components and sensors.
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GaN and SiC power semiconductor markets set to pass $1 billion mark in 2021 The emerging market for silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductors is forecast to pass USD 1 billion in 2021, energised by demand from hybrid & electric vehicles, power supplies, and photovoltaic (PV) inverters.
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SG Wireless designates Digi-Key as authorised distributor for the US SG Wireless, the IoT solutions arm of EMS provider Season Group, has added Digi-Key as an authorised distributor of its IoT products for the US.
Kioxia completes acquisition of LITE-ON Technology’s SSD business Kioxia Holdings Corporation says it expects to complete its acquisition of LITE-ON Technology Corporation’s Solid State Drive (SSD) business, Solid State Storage Technology Corporation and its affiliated companies on July 1, 2020.
II-VI licenses technology for SiC devices and modules for power electronic II‐VI Incorporated has singed an agreement with General Electric to license GE's technology to manufacture silicon carbide (SiC) devices and modules for power electronics.
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