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12/11/2014 09:30 AM EST
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wilber_xbox
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Re: RFMD-TQNT Merger
wilber_xbox   12/25/2014 7:42:07 AM
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These mergers are good precursor boost to the startup ecosystem for IoT. With the maturity in connectivity systems, memory and software, connected devices is the logical step for the market. Now that the smartphone boom is behind us and a lot of competition in all the segments i think industry should come up with a breakthough device in connected communication.

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Anand.Yaligar   12/24/2014 10:42:58 PM
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@Steve: I think junko is considering the present dollar value of the merger, not the present or future market evaluation. That being said the best merger I see that will radically change IOT is Google-NEST merger.

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Anand.Yaligar   12/24/2014 10:22:52 PM
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@Junko: And after all these aquisitions and mergers we are still under threat from high market value but low consumer value, i.e. the OEMs are finding IOT necessary but for the people it's still hanging between a yes/no scenario. 

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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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Re: RFMD-TQNT Merger
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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Re: RFMD-TQNT Merger
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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Re: RFMD-TQNT Merger
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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