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April 7, 2014
08:04 EDTFSLFreescale to buy Mindspeed ARM processor business from MACOM
Freescale Semiconductor has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the Comcerto CPE communications processor business of Mindspeed Technologies. This business includes a series of multicore, ARM-based embedded processors and associated software, a talented team, and Tier One customers spanning the globe. Obtained by M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, or MACOM, when it acquired Mindspeed, the acquired business includes the Comcerto 100, 1000 and 2000 product families. The company said the transaction will enhance Freescale’s leadership position in multicore processors, and extend the company’s product portfolio. As part of the agreement, members of the business will join Freescale. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Q2. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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August 20, 2014
10:41 EDTFSLInfineon not buying Fairchild or Fairchild, Reuters reports
A source said Infineon (IFNNY) is not buying Fairchild (FCS) or Freescale (FSL) and declined to comment on other potential takeover candidates, Reuters reports. Infineon is seeking to acquire a U.S.-based semiconductor company for about $2B, Reuters and Bloomberg reported today, citing sources. Semtech (SMTC) was listed by Bloomberg as a potential target for Infineon along with Fairchild and Freescale. Reference Link
07:25 EDTFSLFairchild jumps 5% after Bloomberg says Infineon near deal
Shares of Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS) are rallying 5% in pre-market trading to $16.75 after Bloomberg reported that Infineon (IFNNY) is near a deal to buy a U.S. chipmaker for around $2B. Bloomberg listed Fairchild, Semtech (SMTC) and Freescale (FSL) as potential takeover targets in the semiconductor space. The news agency said Infineon could announce an acquisition as early as today.
August 18, 2014
10:29 EDTFSLGoldman cuts sector view on semiconductors to Cautious
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08:04 EDTFSLSemiconductors sector downgraded to Cautious from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman downgraded the Semiconductors sector to Cautious given signs the cycle is turning based on expectations for a slowdown in semiconductor revenue growth, above trend semi unit shipments that should normalize, and stretching lead times. As a result, the analyst sees risk to Q4 estimates and sees further downside of 10%-25% for the SOX (SOX) and downgraded NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) to Sell from Neutral, InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral from Buy, and removed Maxim Integrated (MXIM) from the Conviction Buy List.

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