Chip Maker Mergers: When 1+1=Risk

There will always be certain risks that a business can expect: a management turnover; a market correction; or taking on too much debt. In the electronics supply chain, the industry has become better at spotting risks, such as those that come with manufacturing and sourcing products offshore. But the more subtle risks, said Tom Galligani,…

Arrow’s Bird on Supplier Consolidation and Design

In his role as president of Arrow Electronics Inc.’s Americas components business, Alan Bird is responsible for all customer and supplier relationships, sales and the management of employees. During his 25 years in the electronics industry he has seen tremendous change, including the growth of outsourcing to China and other parts of Asia; economic recessions; the…

How Intel/Altera Will Impact the Channel

The likely effects of the Intel/Altera merger are far-reaching, but there are important themes that cross channel lines and speak to the continuity of industry trends. The viewpoint from the independent distribution channel, for example, is unique.  Different channel partners are, naturally, anticipating different changes to their supplier-distributor relationships and likely will see increases in…

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Intel/Altera Could be a Distribution Game-Changer

Altera Corp.’s acquisition by Intel Corp. looks like a sure winner in all ways but one: Altera’s distribution channel. FPGA maker Altera and its closest rival Xilinx Inc. are two of the last suppliers practicing an unofficial distribution policy called “shelf-sharing.” Under shelf-sharing, a supplier refuses to be sold by (or “share shelf” with) any…

Intel: Still Betting Big Bucks on Change

Intel Corp. has reached a deal to acquire Altera Corp. for $16.7 billion in continuation of a multi-year effort by the company to widen its offerings and transform into an enterprise able to sell components into new markets, including faster-growing data center and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The planned acquisition of Altera, a leading…

Altera Ships 20 nm SoCs

San Jose, Calif. — Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) today strengthened its leadership position in SoC FPGA products by shipping its second-generation SoC family. Arria® 10 SoCs are the industry’s only programmable devices that combine ARM® processors with a 20 nm FPGA fabric. Arria 10 SoCs bring across-the-board improvements to enable higher performing, lower power, and…

Altera Dev Board Reduces Costs for Industrial Designs

San Jose, Calif. — SPS IPC Drives — Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced the availability of a functional safety  development board and FPGA reference designs through NewTec, a leading European provider of safety-related electronic systems. The new board and reference designs coupled with Altera’s TUV Rheinland-qualified FPGAs, tools, and IP, enable customers to accelerate development…