5 Paradigm-Shifting Deals in the Chipset Industry in 2014

Published By : 23 Dec 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

2014 was a revolutionary year for the wireless chipset industry, with numerous influential deals taking place in the passing year. There were some which were long-awaited, while some had the element of surprise. Here is the list of the five game-changing deals from 2014.

The top deal of 2014 was, without doubt, mobile chipset giant Qualcomm’s purchase of Cambridge-based manufacturer of Bluetooth and wireless chips CSR. Qualcomm, dominant in the mobile phone arena thanks to its Snapdragon series of chipsets, will now be able to expand their operations into the automotive and audio electronics markets thanks to this US$2.5 billion deal.

Infineon Technologies parted with a seemingly surprising amount of US$3 billion to acquire International Rectifier, one of the select possessors of the highly sought-after gallium nitride-on-silicon process technology.

RF Micro Devices acquired TriQuint Semiconductor, with a view to gaining a share in the markets for mobile components such as power amplifiers, power management chipsets, and RF switches and filters.

Another notable deal involving RF chips was Murata’s purchase of silicon RF chip maker Peregrine Semiconductor, valued at about US$471 million. Peregrine Semconductor’s silicon on insulator (SOI) process technology, used in the front-end circuits of mobile phones, was a key aspect of the takeover.

The clamor for Bluetooth technology in the modern wearable tech market is matched only by the clamor for a less power-hungry version of the popular data-sharing system. This was the aim of the purchase of Californian company Quintic’s Bluetooth assets by NXP.

These deals have the ability to radically transform the chipset market in 2015.
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