Sep 11, 2018

Renesas buying US chipmaker IDT for $6.7 billion

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Japan's Renesas Electronics agreed to buy U.S. chipmaker Integrated Device Technology (NSE: IDTI) for $6.7 billion, or $49 per share.

Why it's a big deal: Because it's an interesting test for U.S. and Chinese antitrust authorities, both of which have become reluctant to approve global semiconductor mergers.

Renesas has said it isn't worried, pointing to a lack of product overlap, but acquirers never express concern on announcement day.

Per Reuters' Makiko Yamazaki:

"Renesas has been keen to get its hands on IDT’s know-how in analog semiconductors for wireless networks and sensors — expertise crucial to develop autonomous driving and connected car technology."

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