Big Semiconductor Mergers May Force Israeli Firms to Cash in Chips

The M&A wave reflects the growing advantage of economies of scale, making it even harder for Israeli companies to remain independent. Still, Israeli know-how in the field ensures it will remain a key R&D center.

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Two huge mergers have shaken the global semiconductor industry in recent weeks: Avago bought Broadcom for $37 billion, and Intel purchased Altera for $16.8 billion. The deals are part of a major transition the...