Analysts predicted a slow year for the semiconductor industry, but 2015 has already seen a number of tech acquisitions. First, Intel announced its plans to acquire Altera FPGA for a $16.7 billion deal. In May, Avago agreed to purchase Broadcom for $37 billion, and in March, NXP Semiconductors made an offer to purchase Freescale Semiconductors for $11.8 billion
With the continuous growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), the connections between people and technology will continue to become more intertwined. In most industries, this opens up revolutionary opportunities for integrations between things to things, people to things, and people to people. m.
Ever noticed how every fruit and vegetable in the grocery store is so cosmetically appealing? It's almost as if they've been airbrushed to perfection, ready to make their debut on the produce shelf, happily awaiting to be plucked by a customer and ready to be chomped on. And every now and then, when we do run into that last deformed peach resembling your favorite cartoon character, we all turn our heads as if this lonely peach somehow tastes different just because it looks ugly.
Dialog semiconductor, a German chip maker, is buying Atmel, their U.S. rival, for about $4.6 billion. By acquiring Atmel, Dialog can diversify and expand its client base in the automotive and industrial markets where network connected chips are driving the Internet of Things. Worldwide trends in the semiconductor market have seen merges adding up to $31 billion in 2014 says Reuters and it is continuing to increase this year. Recent acquisitions like Intel's merger with Altera have key benefits for chip makers.
It seems that smart cars are the main topic of interest in the tech world. People are wide-eyed and fascinated at the concept of cars that can practically drive themselves. Beyond the wow factor of it all, these systems are also going to have huge implications on safety and efficiency of driving with the absence of human error.
Advancing from the previous "Insane Mode" to the "Ludicrous Mode," Tesla is pushing limits for the automotive industry. The Insane mode was designed for the high-performance P85D Model S luxury car that can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. You thought that was fast? The introduction of the new Ludicrous mode for the Model S P85D can top that.
The initial talks didn't pan out, but a negotiation has been reached and Intel plans to buy Altera FPGA for a $16 billion deal. At first glance, Intel's attempt to acquire Altera may not be the best news for Xilinx. Now, instead of competing against just Altera, Xilinx FPGA would be competing against Intel solutions which use Altera FPGA.
Gartner, a research and advisory firm, recently predicted that the semiconductor industry will slow down for the year 2015. They cite several reasons for this prediction.
Connected. We may think we know the true meaning of what being "connected" is. With infinite access to the internet at all times of the day and communication at the palms of our hands, it seems the connectivity of our world couldn't possibly expand anymore. It used to be that our cell phones could only be used to make phone calls or send text messages with 2G networks. Since that distant past, networks have evolved to 3G and now 4G, which have opened our eyes to a whole new world of connection between people and places.