Microchip, ON Semi plan audacious raid on Atmel Product News 10/2/2008 Post a comment Microchip Technology Inc. and ON Semiconductor Corporation are combining forces in an attempt to acquire Atmel Corporation in a deal that values the latter at $2.3 billion. Microchip is leading the initiative, and the deal would in part be financed by the sale of Atmel's nonvolatile memory and RF and automotive businesses to ON Semiconductor.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.