Microchip Technology to Buy Atmel for Nearly $3.6 Billion

Leslie Picker

Chip makers have been combining to cut costs and build scale for their customers. Microchip agreed to acquire the 37-year-old chipmaker Micrel in May for about $839 million. Microchip purchased Supertax for $394 million in 2014, and the year before that, bought the closely held Brussels-based EqcoLogic for an undisclosed amount.

Semiconductor manufacturing needs more heavy consolidation. This is small and mid-sized companies making deals to be able to just survive. I wonder we’ll see real big changes in operations between Qualcomm, TSMC, Samsung Electronics or Intel.

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