Smartwatch Horse Race to Begin on Friday: The Apple v. Samsung battle expands
Since both Samsung and Apple's public announcements and Samsung's release of their respective smartwatch strategies, the media has been awash with discussion about whether these devices will be flops or major CE hits. Until the numbers actually come in, all we can add is more speculation, but let's look at what's been successful in the market thus far and where IoT is taking us.
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Chipmaker Consolidations Continue with Intel & Altera on the Heels of NXP & Freescale
Recent news of major chipmaker consolidations should dispel any doubt about the expanding and shifting nature of the semiconductor and electronics industry. On the heels of the news of NXP's moves to acquire Freescale, valued at roughly US $16.7 billion, we now have, at the end of March, the news that Intel is moving to acquire Altera, valued at US $10.5 billion. These two March deals follow the earlier news of Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion, Lattice Semiconductor and Silicon Image, Qualcomm and CSR, as well as Infineon and International Rectifier, among others in 2014. Importantly, as Bloomberg also comments, these strategic acquisitions will propel more moves by other chipmakers to ensure their market positions and capabilities through acquisitions this year.
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