IoT Fuels MCU Growth

Englewood, Colo. – Applications around the Internet of things (IoT), including connected cars, wearable electronics, and building automation, is fueling growth in the microcontroller (MCU) market. The MCU market for these and other IoT applications is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11 percent, from $1.7 billion in 2014 to…

Semiconductor Consolidation Drives 1H15 M&A

In high-tech “disruptive” is a good thing. Disruption was the driving force behind the majority of the high-technology mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2015, with acceleration in deal-making during Q2. Corporate technology buyers pushed 2Q15 deals to a record $127.2 billon, which is higher than any quarter since 2000 and up 65…

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…

NXP, Qualcomm Partner on NFC, Security

Eindhoven, Netherlands — NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq:NXPI) today announced that Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, will integrate NXP’s industry-leading near field communication (NFC) and embedded secure element (eSE) solutions across Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 800, 600, 400 and 200 processor based platforms. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The agreement will enable the rapid introduction of NFC and…

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.…

Freescale & NXP to Merge

Mega-mergers are nothing new to the electronics industry.  Not too long ago, the acquisition of National Semiconductor Corp. by Texas Instruments created a semiconductor juggernaut. Today,  NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. announced they would merge to form a $40 billion entity. The merger creates a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader.…