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12/11/2014 09:30 AM EST
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junko.yoshida
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Re: RFMD-TQNT Merger
junko.yoshida   12/11/2014 5:09:13 PM
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@docdivakar. Good one! Thanks!

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docdivakar   12/11/2014 2:38:12 PM
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@Junko: relax, relentless pursuit of perfection is a nice goal to have and NOT a "must meet" requirement! Your list in itself is a good summary of the activity that occured in the last 12 months or so, for which, folks like me will remain thankful!

Regarding Cypress semi's M&A move, something tells me that the equation is: Cypress+Spansion.NE.Expansion BUT .EQ.Contraction!

Couldn't resist that pun!

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junko.yoshida   12/11/2014 2:29:48 PM
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@docdivakar, the list is a mix of both. And I do see it isn't perfedct.

Some companies in the list here were definitely looking for BLE that they didn't have in their portfolio; others looked for more sensor algorithms so that they can beef up their offerings. The list, meanwhile, also lists big $$ deals such as Cypress and Google/Nest Labs.

The list is only a snap shot. But what the story tells us is that this is the year a lot of M&As took place among companies that were obviously motivated to get ready for IoT.

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docdivakar   12/11/2014 2:23:50 PM
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@Junko: seems to me that your list is based on the $$volume of transaction and not on the basis of missing pieces of technology; if the latter were to be considered, there would have beeen companies in power management, battery technologies, etc. Perhaps we may see this side of M&A in 2015?

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junko.yoshida   12/11/2014 1:54:55 PM
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@steve518. you are absolutely right. It is my bad dropping TriQuint/RFMD. 

Certainly, the combined company will play an important role in the IoT space. But in my mind, they create even much bigger value -- immediately -- beyond the IoT. As the two companies said earlier this year in their announcement, "the combination also creates a leader in infrastructure and defense (with approximately $500 million in annual revenue), with a broad portfolio of products and foundry services supporting applications including radar, next generation base stations, optical communications, and the Internet of Things."

 

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rick merritt   12/11/2014 1:31:19 PM
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There are many ways to cut this pie. Arguably RFMD/TQNT was more germane to IoT than Facebook/Oculus which is more about next gen media.

To me, Samsung/SmartThings is the poster child. Big companies trying to establish their platform as Intel has been trying to do all year, Broadcom has been doing with WICED a couple years and so on. Everybody wants an IoT platform and ecosystem--its a wonderfully fragmented creative chaos! TI has 18 partners who provide cloud servcies for IoT devcies--18!

Perhaps 2016 will be the year of the IoT retrenchment.

 

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RFMD-TQNT Merger
steve518   12/11/2014 12:06:51 PM
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A bit surprised that the merger of TriQuint and RFMD did not make the list. The wireless interconnect is a key component of the IoT and the merger of these two powerful players with active and passive technology excellence should lead to a real powerhouse. The stock market has recognized it with a 3X valuation change.....

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