29 Jul '16, 4pm

Why Did Linear Technology Sell Itself to Analog Devices?

Linear Technology was not looking for buyers when Analog Devices offered $14.8 billion to acquire the chipmaker and its library of power management circuit designs. On Tuesday, however, the companies announced that the deal had been signed, approved by both boards, and sent to regulators for review. That the company accepted the deal was surprising to an industry familiar with its engineering culture, disdain for corporate matchmaking, and fanaticism for analog design. On social media and online forums, engineers reacted with criticism of the deal’s inevitable culture clash and questions about the fate of products, customer support, and the popular LTSpice circuit simulation software. So why did Linear Technology agree to the $14.8 billion deal? More on Analog Circuit Design Analog Devices Buys Linear Technology in $14.8 Billion Deal Define Analog Sensor Interfaces In IoT ...

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