Can China Get Any Chipmaker if it Can’t Even Buy Lattice?

Chinese enterprises, government and public investment firms need a different international M&A strategy because whatever they are doing now is clearly not working in the global semiconductor market. China has built a $150 billion-plus technology war chest to transform its economy into a high-end IT powerhouse but Western governments have repeatedly checkmated those moves in…

Toshiba Memory Sale: No Deal Without Western Digital Consent

Toshiba Corp. will struggle to sell its flash memory business without the acquiescence of Western Digital Corp., a fact the Japanese company seemingly ignored today when it signed a memorandum of understanding calling for the conclusion of acquisition talks with a potential buyer by the end of September. Even if Toshiba and the Bain Capital…

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Watch for More Consolidation in the Power Electronics Industry

Could merger mania be headed to the power electronics industry? The acquisition of IXYS by Littelfuse may mark the start of industry consolidation in the mature insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) market, according to Yole Développement. Yole analysts believe the leading position of Infineon is forcing IGBT suppliers to bolster their technical expertise and market position…

Resilinc: Hurricane Harvey’s Supply Chain Impact May Be Worse than Expected

The impact of Hurricane Harvey on the global supply chain will be worse than expected due to the dependence on chemicals and intermediate products across a range of industries, according to supply chain experts at Resilinc, a provider of supply chain risk and resiliency solutions. Other contributing factors are an interconnected global supply chain and…

Manufacturing Expands in August — But What About Harvey?

The U.S. manufacturing industry accelerated its growth rate in August as the nation’s leading indicator, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, increased by 2.5 percent from July’s level to reach 58.8 percent. New orders, production, employment, backlog and exports also increased in August, setting the stage for continued growth in September. “August is usually a…