Apple has acquired a former chip fabrication plant in San Jose, California, for $18.2 million, according to Silicon Valley Business Journal. The 70,000 square-foot plant was previously owned by Maxim Integrated Products. It sits just outside Samsung’s semiconductor plant.

Read more at: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-san-jose-semiconductor-plant/

 

MA/COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc. completed two acquisitions of semiconductor products this month. The company acquired a diode business from British manufacturer Cobham’s Aeroflex division for $38 million. The deal comes just days after Macom completed its $60 million purchase of FiBest Ltd., a Japanese supplier of networking components.

See more at: http://www.betaboston.com/news/2015/12/15/lowell-semiconductor-company-acquire

 

Germany-based Merck has acquired Ormet Circuits Inc – an early-stage, venture-capital-backed business located in San Diego, California, in an effort to strengthen its position as a materials supplier for the semiconductor industry. The parties have not disclosed the purchase price.

Read more at: http://www.business-standard.com/content/b2b-chemicals/merck-buys

 

GaN Systems Inc. of Ontario, Canada, was presented with the 2015 ‘Start-Up to Watch’ award. The award is presented to a semiconductor company that demonstrates the potential to positively change its markets or the semiconductor industry in general through innovative semiconductor technology. GaN Systems Inc. is a fabless developer of gallium nitride (GaN)-based power switching semiconductors for power conversion and control applications.

Read more at: http://www.semiconductor-today.com/news_items/2015/dec