Chances of significant semi LBO/merger also remote
Bolaji Ojo, EE Times
(01/14/2010 1:11 PM EST)
Intel Corp. wants to move beyond its microprocessor base to the digital and Internet connectivity market but contrary to expectations in certain quarters the company's transition into new IC segments will not involve huge and disruptive acquisitions.
However, if Intel moves towards acquiring a major programmable logic IC company—Altera Corp. or Xilinx Inc.—as speculated by an industry analyst recently, it would be inflicting a grievous wound not only on current core computing and server microprocessor business but also killing off any future chances it may have to make a significant impact on the embedded processor market.
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