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A $21 Billion Chip Deal Messes With Texas Instruments
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The boring part of the chip market is getting more interesting. For Texas Instruments Inc., that means stiffer competition from a stronger rival. Early Monday, Analog Devices Inc. announced a definitive agreement to acquire Maxim Integrated Products Inc. for about $21 billion in an all-stock deal that works out to a 22% premium to Maxim's close on Friday. Maxim shareholders will get 0.63 share of Analog stock for each share they own, resulting in 31% ownership of the combined company. The transaction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021 and is subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals.The deal would combine the No. 2 and No. 3 players in analog chips, one of the less sexy and more workaday corners of the semiconductor market. According to Bernstein, the category accounted for 13%, or about $54 billion, of the global $412 billion chip market last year. Analog chips have the specific function of converting physical world signal — including sound, temperature and pressure — into digital data. Compared to microprocessors — which are updated annually, cost up to hundreds of dollars per unit and require the latest bleeding-edge expensive chip manufacturing technologies — analog chips are very different. A typical analog product design can have a shelf life of many years, and they are inexpensive, often selling for less than a dollar each. And because they are also easier to make, they have high profit margins.But there are downsides for this segment of late. Analog-chip companies have fac
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