WSJ: Intel seen as front runner in race for Infineon’s wireless chip unit

“Intel Corp. appears close to a deal with Infineon Technologies AG that could aid the Silicon Valley giant’s quest to play a major role in smartphones, including Apple Inc.’s high-profile iPhone 4,” Don Clark and Archibald Preuschat report for The Wall Street Journal.

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“People familiar with situation say Intel is in advanced talks to acquire Infineon’s wireless chip unit, whose products include cellular baseband chips used by Apple and other cellphone makers,” Clark and Preuschat report. “These people add that the German company has also discussed the unit with other parties, including Samsung Electronics Co. and Broadcom Corp. Intel has seen confidential Infineon financial data and appears to be the front-runner, they add, though there is no certainty that a deal will be completed.”

Clark and Preuschat report, “Infineon’s management, in public statements, has said it doesn’t need to sell the unit, and some senior executives want to keep it, people familiar with the matter say. But the business has lower operating margins compared with the rest of its business, which includes chips for industrial and automotive sectors.”

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15 Comments

  1. I can’t help but think that you don’t have to buy a whole company for a couple of billion dollars if you just want the ability to design some parts. Apple could just hire the people they want out of Infineon, Broadcom, or any other company that has the talent they want.

    -jcr

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