The Infineon Technologies Acquisition of Wolfspeed Will Not Move Forward: Did the U.S. Open GaN’s Pandora’s Box?

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By Lance Wilson | 1Q 2017 | IN-4460

 

What Happened?

NEWS


In early February (2017), the pending acquisition of Wolfspeed by Infineon Tcehnologies was blocked by CFIUS (the US Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) as a potential threat to national security. GaN (gallium nitride) is considered to be a sensitive and important technology for RF power applications, and the government has been loath to open up to foreign investors and potential buyers regarding it. Ostensibly, most of this was directed towards China, but it was rather surprising that a fervent U.S. ally such as Germany was thwarted, as well.

How Will Cree/Wolfspeed Move Forward?

IMPACT


Recently, Cree announced that the Wolfspeed group will now become a separate segment of Cree’s operations. It is unclear at this point how the names will be sorted out (Cree, Wolfspeed, or both) but that is a detail that will certainly be resolved in the near future.

This makes Wolfspeed’s positioning within Cree similar to how things were before the acquisition—when Wolfspeed was an integral par…

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