Semiconductor Mergers, Acquisitions in 2015 and 2016
Since 2015 there has been an accelerating trend of consolidation of semiconductor and semiconductor equipment companies. The trend is due to
1. The increasing cost of developing the next generation of semiconductor chips (see Feb 2013 blog Semiconductor Moore's
It is very likely that China will find a way to increase its fabrication capacity. It would not be surprising if in 2016, China increases its semiconductor presence through investment in semiconductor companies such as Micron or Maxim directly or through a joint venture (see China Increasing IC Power )
Most of these deals have not yet gotten regulatory approval and could be cancelled before the deal closes. I will attempt to update the table as these transactions proceed. One deal that already did not happen is Tsinghua trying to buy Micron for $23 billion,
Intel with Altera for $18.2 billions, AMAT tried to buy Tokyo Electron for $9.4 billion, Intel with McAfee for $7.7 billion, Avago with LSI for $6.6 billion, TI with National for $6.5 billion, Applied Materials with Varian for $4.9 billion, MediaTek with Mstar for $4 billion, Micron with Elpida for $3.7 billion, Broadcom with NetLogic for $3.7 billion, LAM with Novellus for $3.6 billion, Qualcomm with Atheros for $3.6 billion.