Power Management and CMOS RF Components: The Golden Assets of the Semiconductor Industry

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3Q 2014 | IN-1020104

The “Silicon” Rush Is Fueling a Wave of Mergers and Acquisitions


In the last 5 years we have seen key IC integrators busy acquiring specialized semiconductor components suppliers or smaller players. There have been more than 30 major acquisitions and mergers in the semiconductor business since 2010 with a value worth more than US$30 billion. The most important acquisitions were around two main applications, namely power management (PM) and CMOS RF front-end technologies.

Integration Is behind the Traction around Power Management ICs and CMOS RF Components


Examples of the recent  acquisitions in the power management sector include the acquisition of Passif Semiconductor by Apple for its low-power ICs, the acquisition of iWAT by Dialog Semiconductor for its digital power management ICs, the acquisitio...

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