1) Tower gets into China
We were on top of this story at least six months before specialty foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. confirmed it. No sooner had we said that Tower wants to build China fab than we were getting reports that it was already engaged with a company called Tacoma (see Tower in two-fab project in China, say reports). Tower CEO Russell Ellwanger confirmed his company's involvement in August (see Tower confirms Chinese fab project).
2) Renesas acquires Intersil
Japan's Renesas agreed to buy Intersil for approximately $3 billion back in September 2016 (see Renesas agrees to pay $3.2 billion for Intersil). The deal was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in February and the deal completed within a matter of days
3) Analog Devices acquires Linear Technology
Analog Devices was buys in 2017. It completed its $15 billion acquisition of Linear Technology in March (see Analog Devices completes acquisition of Linear Tech). Later in the year in made collaborative deals with IMEC (see IMEC, Analog Devices partner on IoT devices) and Siemens (see Analog Devices joins Siemens IoT system).
4) X-Fab stages Paris IPO
European specialty foundry X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE staged an IPO to float a minority of its stock on the Euronext market. The float was used to allow some shareholders to exit the company and to raise approximately €250 million to fund further acquisitions (see X-Fab plans Paris IPO).
5) TDK continues on acquisition trail
Japan's TDK had agreed to buy fabless MEMS company InvenSense Corp. back in December 2016 (see TDK agrees to pay $1.3 billion for InvenSense) and the deal completed in May 2017. Meanwhile the TDK had moved to acquire analog and mixed-signal design specialist ICsense NV (see TDK to acquire Belgian sensor ASIC specialist).
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