30 Mar '17, 11am

Do semiconductor mergers pose a threat to IoT product development?

Do semiconductor mergers pose a threat to IoT product development?

The potential downsides can, however, be mitigated in part through increased design effort and managerial prudence. Gerry Hawkins Yet more mergers A wave of mergers and acquisitions is sweeping through the semiconductor industry, with deals reaching in to the tens of billions of dollars now seemingly common-place. 2016 saw the announcement that Japanese group SoftBank would purchase ARM holdings for £24bn, preceded by the news that Avago would purchase Broadcom for $37bn. The momentum of high value buyouts continues with the recent deal struck by Analog Devices to purchase longstanding chip manufacturer Linear Technology for nearly $15bn. These are just a few examples of a trend which is reshaping a global industry – an industry in which electronics engineers around the world rely to provide parts for their product designs. The conglomerations within the semiconductor indu...

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