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  • *NXP set to close $11.8 bln Freescale deal on Monday. *Specialist firms like Melexis, AMS could be targets-analysts. Already, Infineon has reportedly begun talks to take a stake in Japan's Renesas.

  • *Toshiba needs to secure restructuring funds. TOKYO, Nov 27- Toshiba Corp said on Friday it was considering splitting off part of its chip business, with listing it an option, in a move that would help it raise capital needed to fund restructuring following a $1.3 billion accounting scandal. The accounting scandal rendered Toshiba on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's...

  • TOKYO, Nov 27- Embattled Toshiba Corp said on Friday it was thinking of splitting off most of its chip business into a separate company, with listing the business an option- a move that would help it raise capital in the wake of a $1.3 billion accounting scandal.

  • European shares rise to three-month high in thin trade Thursday, 26 Nov 2015 | 10:30 AM ET

    *Infineon soars after results, dividend beat expectations. MILAN/ LONDON, Nov 26- European shares hit fresh three-month highs on Thursday, rising in thin trade as expectations grew for aggressive European Central Bank action next week. A solid quarterly report from chipmaker Infineon and a rebound in metal prices also provided support.

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 26- German chipmaker Infineon's integration of its $3 billion acquisition of International Rectifier is running ahead of schedule, the company said on Thursday, helping it to report better than expected profits and leaving it free to consider its next move in a rapidly consolidating industry. Strong fourth-quarter results and comments by...

  • TOKYO/ FRANKFURT, Nov 20- German chipmaker Infineon Technologies has shown interest in investing in Japanese chip firm Renesas Electronics, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, sending shares of Renesas soaring but leaving Infineon nearly unmoved. Some analysts and bankers said the leaks say more about Renesas' desire not to be left out of a global...

  • Nov 19- Privately held chipmaker Montage Technology Group said it is willing to start a cash tender offer to acquire Pericom Semiconductor Corp, indicating the bid might turn hostile. Montage, which is competing in the bidding process with Diodes Inc, offered about $442 million to acquire Pericom, trumping Diodes Inc's $413 million bid. The company said it would...

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Nov 19- Dialog Semiconductor's shareholders on Thursday approved a $4.6 billion acquisition of U.S. chip-making peer Atmel, dealing a blow to hedge fund Elliott in its bid to derail the deal. But on Dialog's Atmel deal it has conceded defeat for now. Atmel shareholders will not vote on the deal until late March.

  • HSINCHU, Taiwan, Nov 19- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd aims to boost capital expenditure next year but doesn't plan to get caught up in the wave of M&As engulfing the industry, the chief executives of the world's largest contract chipmaker said. The Apple Inc supplier is interested in buying capacity and intellectual property, but is not currently...

  • HSINCHU, Taiwan, Nov 19- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd will not be conservative about capital expenditure next year as customer demand improves, albeit slowly, the two chief executives of the world's largest contract chipmaker said on Thursday. TSMC, which supplies Apple Inc, also expects growth in China to continue at around 20 percent throughout...

  • *Fairchild Semiconductor up after buyout offer. Apple's shares were up 3 percent at $117.07 after Goldman Sachs added the iPhone maker to its "conviction buy" list, saying it sees potential for the stock gaining as much as 43 percent from current levels. "All eyes are on the Fed, while geopolitical concerns remain on the minds of the investors," said Peter Cardillo,...

  • ON Semiconductor to buy Fairchild in $2.4B deal Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015 | 6:58 AM ET
    Technician working with silicon wafers in a high tech lab.

    ON Semiconductor said it would buy Fairchild Semiconductor in a $2.4 billion deal, the latest in a rapidly consolidating semiconductor industry.

  • *Has over Y300 bln in cash for acquisitions. TOKYO, Nov 18- Japanese automotive chip maker Renesas Electronics Corp has earmarked billions of dollars for acquisitions to defend an industry lead under threat from merging peers, its financial chief said on Wednesday. But it will be overtaken after NXP Semiconductors NV and Freescale Semiconductor Ltd merge.

  • Nov 12- Applied Materials Inc, the world's largest maker of machinery used to make semiconductor chips, reported a 4.6 percent rise in revenue, helped by demand from companies making smartphone and memory chips. Applied Materials has been benefiting from higher demand for equipment used for making 3 D NAND chips, which can hold more data and are used in...

  • Applied Materials revenue rises 4.6 pct Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 | 4:12 PM ET

    Nov 12- Applied Materials Inc, the world's largest maker of machinery used to make semiconductor chips, reported a 4.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, as it benefited from demand from companies making smartphone and memory chips. Net income rose to $336 million, or 28 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Oct. 25, from $256 million, or 21 cents per share, a year...

  • Samsung unveils new chipset as smartphones struggle Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 | 10:44 AM ET
    Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890

    Samsung unveiled its next-generation high-end chipset on Thursday, as it moves to differentiate itself and increase profits in the smartphone space.

  • ASML sees next generation machines standard in 2018 Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 | 2:51 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, Nov 12- ASML finance chief Wolfgang Nickl said on Thursday that shipments of the semiconductor equipment supplier's newest generation machines would become routine by 2018.. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley technology and media conference in Barcelona, Nickl repeated the company would ship three of its newest lithography machines, which cost...

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 11- Activist hedge fund Elliott has increased its stake in Anglo-German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor to 3.6 percent and said it has received positive feedback from co-shareholders for its rally to vote against the acquisition of U.S. peer Atmel. "Should Dialog shareholders vote against the transaction then we would envisage maintaining...

  • Taiwan stocks rise after historic Ma-Xi meeting Sunday, 8 Nov 2015 | 8:42 PM ET

    TAIPEI, Nov 9- Taiwan stocks rose on Monday after leaders of Taiwan and China met for the first time in more than six decades at the weekend, led by gains in heavyweights such as TSMC. Mediatek, which is Taiwan's biggest chip design house and a major player in the China market, rose 0.5 percent. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.085 to T $32.645 per U.S. dollar.

  • *Tsinghua to make more investment in Taiwan tech firms- analysts. HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Nov 6- China's Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd plans to invest 80 billion yuan in a new memory chip factory via the world's largest private placement, in the latest move by the state-backed technology conglomerate to bolster its fledgling chip industry. Tsinghua Unigroup, controlled by...