Analog Devices to Buy Linear Tech for $14.8B

Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) will acquire Linear Technology for $14.8 billion, making it a tougher competitor in the analog semiconductor sector with expected annual revenues of about $5 billion. The combined companies will become an analog industry leader across product categories, including data converters, power management, amplifiers, interface, and RF and microwave products. The acquisition…

Semiconductor Shipments to Hit Milestone in 2018

Semiconductor unit shipments, including integrated circuits and opto-sensor-discrete, or O-S-D, devices, are forecast to exceed one trillion units for the first time in 2018, according to IC Insights’ 2016 edition of The McClean Report—A Complete Analysis and Forecast of the Integrated Circuit Industry. The milestone is expected to be the new normal for semiconductor shipments starting…

Chip Market Forecast to Grow 4% in 2016

The uncertain global economy will continue to have a dampening effect on the semiconductor market, according to two leading analyst firms. While the chip industry had been able to outperform the overall electronics market for decades, chip makers have had to grow accustomed to a more sedate pace of growth. IC Insights and Future Horizons both have forecast…