There is good and bad when companies merge. The bad is the loss of jobs as they consolidate. The good is the opportunities in the market for startups. There are often gaps caused by elimination of the unprofitable parts of the business that a startup can attack.
In response to the recent developments, some consolidation is very likely in the rivals camp. It could be a merger of equally sized players as much as an acquisition of a smaller company by a bigger one. In all, I think it is good for the Analog market.
Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.