Western Digital in advanced merger talks with Japanese chipmaker Kioxia Holdings Corp

According to a source familiar with the matter at hand, Western Digital Corp is in advanced talks for a potential $20 billion stock merger with Japanese chipmaker and partner Kioxia Holdings Corp. The talks could potentially conclude in an agreement as early as mid-September in the event of which David Goeckeler, Western Digital’s CEO would…

Veoneer Inc starts acquisition talks with Qualcomm Inc

In a statement Veoneer Inc said, it would start acquisitions negotiations with chipmaker Qualcomm Inc after its offer for the Swedish auto parts maker topped a rival bid by Magna International Inc. Qualcomm’s offer could “reasonably be expected to result in a ‘Superior Proposal’, as defined under the terms of Veoneer’s merger agreement with Magna,”…

Semiconductor equipment maker MKS negotiating acquisition of specialty chemicals group Atotech Ltd: Sources

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, MKS Instruments Inc, a semiconductor equipment maker, has approached Atotech Ltd, a specialty chemicals group, with an acquisition offer. The potential deal will see MKS expand it’s offerings in chip manufacturing through the addition of Atotech’s plating chemicals. The offer comes a few months after Atotech…

Samsung boosts investments in non-memory chips to $151 billion

On Thursday, in a statement Samsung Electronics stated, it has raised its planned investment in non-memory chips to $151 billion (171 trillion won) through 2030, in a development that sees the company joining its peers in ramping up investments in the sector midst a global shortage in semiconductors. Samsung’s has increased its investment target from…

Intel sells its NAND chip business to South Korea’s SK Hynix for $9 billion

In a significant development, Intel Corp has agreed to sell its NAND memory chip business to South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc for $9 billion. The all-cash deal will propel the South Korean chipmaker to the second spot in global rankings. The development marks Intel’s efforts to divest its non-core businesse and move away from the volatile commodity…

Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC stops taking new orders from Huawei following U.S. restrictions

On Monday, as per a report from Japan’s news daily the Nikkei which cites multiple sources familiar with the matter at hand, the world’s biggest chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, has stopped taking new orders from Huawei Technologies following Washington’s move aimed at further cutting off supplies to the Chinese company. Huawei’s orders…

Venture capital arm of Intel Corp invests in 2 Chinese startups

On Wednesday, the venture arm of U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp, Intel Capital stated it has invested in two Chinese startups in the semiconductor sector. The fresh investments comes at a time when there is heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over chip manufacturing. One of the Chinese startups, Intel Capital has invested is ProPlus. It…

Broadcom signs multi-year agreements with Apple Inc

Chipmaker Broadcom Inc stated, it has entered into two multi-year agreements with Apple Inc for supplying wireless components used in its products. The agreements, “2020 SOWs”, are in addition to existing ones for supplying radio frequency components and modules to Apple. Together the agreements are likely to generate around $15 billion in revenues for Broadcom.…

Nvidia set to win unconditional approval from European Commission for it’s bid to acquire Mellanox Technologies

Sources familiar with the matter have disclosed, U.S. chipmaker Nvidia is set to win an unconditional approval from the European Commission over its $6.8 billion acquisition bid to acquire Mellanox Technologies. Known for its powerful graphics chips, Nvidia is looking to boost its data center and artificial intelligence business; acquiring Mellanox will help it better…