Infineon’s Cypress Buy Shouldn’t Shake the Channel

Buyers probably won’t see a shakeup in the distribution channel as Infineon Technologies embarks on its $10 billion acquisition of Cypress Semiconductors. Both chip companies sell through global volume distributors Arrow Electronics Inc., Avnet Inc. and Future Electronics Inc. They also have Digi-Key, Mouser and Newark in common, small-volume (or “catalog”) distributors that cater to…

Infinite RF, L-Com Announce Merger

Irvine, Calif. – Infinite RF Holdings, Inc., an urgent needs supplier of engineering-grade radio frequency (RF), microwave and millimeter-wave components and cable assemblies through their Pasternack and Fairview Microwave branded lines, today announced the acquisition of L-com, Inc., a manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity solutions with significant custom manufacturing capabilities. Headquartered in North Andover,…

DuPont, Dow Chemical to Merge

DuPont (NYSE:DD) and The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) today announced that their boards of directors unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals. The combined company will be named DowDuPont. The parties intend to subsequently pursue a separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies…

Pericom OKs Diodes Bid

Pericom Semiconductor Corporation (“Pericom” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: PSEM) announced today that, based on a preliminary count of the votes cast at the Company’s Special Meeting of Shareholders held this morning, Pericom shareholders have approved the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger between Diodes Incorporated (“Diodes”) (NASDAQ: DIOD) and Pericom (the “Agreement”). Based on…

ON Semiconductor to Acquire Fairchild for $2.4 Billion in Cash

ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ON) (“ON Semiconductor”) and Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. (Nasdaq: FCS) (“Fairchild”) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for ON Semiconductor to acquire Fairchild for $20.00 per share in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $2.4 billion. The acquisition creates a leader in the power semiconductor market…

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…

Freescale/NXP Merger a Positive For Purchasing

Mergers always create some uncertainty in the supply chain. When two suppliers come together, such as  NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd., it’s usually a positive for buyers. Instead of dealing with two vendors, purchasing is now dealing with one. The same is true for distribution partners – most of the time.…

NXP, Freescale Announce $40 Billion Merger

Enhances NXP’s strategy to lead in the “Secure Connections for a Smarter World” Establishes #1 Automotive Semiconductor Supplier Establishes #1 General-purpose MCU Supplier Clear path to $500 million in annual cost synergies Combination is accretive to non-GAAP EPS in first full year Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Austin, Texas, March 2, 2015 (CET) – NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI)…

RFMD, TriQuint Complete Merger

Greensboro, N.C. — RF Micro Devices, Inc. and TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. announced today they have completed their merger of equals to form Qorvo™ (Nasdaq: QRVO), a new leader in RF solutions. Qorvo is expected to begin trading today on the NASDAQ Global Stock Market. “This is an important milestone for our Company, employees, customers, shareholders…