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…

Avnet: What other Dangers Lurk in its Legacy Assets?

Avnet Inc. had grand plans for this week but instead of hosting its scheduled annual Investors’ Day conference the top-tier distributor has returned instead to its restructuring drawing board. It must plug a projected $1 billion sales shortfall in fiscal 2018 and implement a new, global ERP project, sparking afresh concerns that the leadership may…

OLED Displays Gaining Market Traction

Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays are finally gaining traction after years of manufacturing and materials development. The displays, which can be manufactured on thin and flexible substrates are lighter, use less power and are more colorful than liquid crystal displays (LCDs). However, because OLEDs can be produced using ink-jet-type processes, materials development has been slow…