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|4th September 2015, 10:21||#1|
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Could the Chinese snap up GloFo?
The Chinese government has a policy of building up its own semiconductor manufacturing and now a leading electronics pundit has suggested that by putting in a bid for Abu Dhabi firm Globalfoundries (GloFo) it could be “pushing at an open door”.
Peter Clarke, writing in Electronics Times, points to the fact that a Chinese consortium will raise £23 billion to buy US memory company Micron – a deal that the US government is likely to oppose. And another consortium wants to buy sensor manufacturer Omnivision.
Clarke bases his analysis on a story in Taiwanese daily Digitimes and he believes that Abu Dhabi isn’t as interested in developing its own semiconductor industry as it once was.
GloFo was spun off as a separate company by AMD some years ago, and the acquisition of its technology would take China a long way towards establishing itself as a major global player in the industry.
Further, GloFo, as Clarke points out, is a private company and wouldn’t face the kind of regulatory scrutiny that a Micron acquisition would face.
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