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11/14/2013 10:15 AM EST
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tektonikshift
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Sunplus + SiS
tektonikshift   11/15/2013 2:01:38 PM
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Rick,

Besides MTK-Mstar, Sunplus merged with SiS. Both are Taiwan TV chip vendors. 

Many like Novatek, Realtek, AMlogic remain independent chip vendors.

-Tek

junko.yoshida
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Re: New Spreadtrum vs MTK
junko.yoshida   11/15/2013 6:24:51 PM
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Just to be clear, the MTK/Mstar merger is still not done yet. They postponed its closing several times already.

With the approval of China's anti-monopoly authority announced late August, the merger finally seems to come together next Februrary.

However, that approval came with conditions, as China demanded that MStar's liquid-crystal display television-chip business must exist as a separate entity to ensure fair competition.

If the end game of the intended merger was to bring smartphone and TV technologies together, that won't be accomplished right away.

 

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Re: New Spreadtrum vs MTK
rick merritt   11/17/2013 1:58:31 AM
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@Junko: Interesting about Mstar/Mediatek:

This is taking far too long. I wonder if China is playoing politics. Pushing its colnsolidation forward while holding Taiwan's back. I may be giving China's bureaucracy credit for being more organized than it reall is!

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Re: New Spreadtrum vs MTK
junko.yoshida   11/17/2013 3:33:47 AM
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Rick, it is true. It's taking far too long.

But in reality, I suspect that MTK has accomplished half its mission: By presenting itself as the CE chip giant of the future in the global market, it already killed off a lot of potential competitors, I believe. 

 

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Re: A big move
KB3001   11/18/2013 2:53:55 PM
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I am very wary about politically motivated mergers and acquisitions though. They all tend to end up badly, sooner or later...

junko.yoshida
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Re: A big move
junko.yoshida   11/27/2013 4:33:03 PM
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@KB3001, I am with you on this. I think we are all weary. And yet, the consolidation among China fabless was something that was in order for some time.

junko.yoshida
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Re: A big move
junko.yoshida   11/27/2013 4:35:21 PM
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We are now beginning to see more about how China wants to play this...  See the story below.

China investigates Qualcomm

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1320218&

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