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Thu, Aug. 28, 6:20 PM
- Microchip (MCHP +0.8%) confirms it has held talks with CSR (CSRE +35.3%) about "ways in which [Microchip's] relationship with CSR could be advanced, including possibly an acquisition of CSR." However, the talks are said to be "at a very preliminary stage."
- Microchip, whose microcontrollers are sometimes found within products that also contain CSR's Bluetooth, GPS, or A/V chips, notes it has partnered with CSR in the past, with a Bluetooth module initiative being one example.
- Back in May, Microchip announced it's buying Taiwanese Bluetooth chipmaker ISSC for $294.3M. The company has also snapped up analog chipmaker Supertex, as it takes part in a broader chip industry M&A wave.
- Earlier: CSR turns down Microchip's buyout offer
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Wed, Jul. 2, 10:37 AM
- After skyrocketing during its first 4 trading days, GoPro (GPRO -9.8%) is selling off hard today. Shares still +54% from an opening trade of $28.65.
- Nonetheless, Ambarella (AMBA +3.1%) is adding to its recent GoPro/Dropcam-fueled gains following a Dougherty report stating the company is set to replace CSR (CSRE +4.2%) as the video processor supplier for Garmin's (GRMN +0.9%) Virb action camera (competes against GoPro).
- Garmin admitted on its Q1 CC (transcript) early Virb sales haven't met expectations, and that "the existence of entrenched competitors in this market is a factor." The company is counting on a product refresh and higher promotional spend to change its fortunes.
Tue, Jul. 1, 2:40 PM
- Qualcomm (QCOM +0.7%) is buying U.K. chipmaker CSR's (CSRE -0.6%) Israeli ops. TheMarker reports the purchase price is $45M.
- The purchase provides Qualcomm with imaging IP and engineering talent. The company states the deal will help it "continue successfully developing cameras so that smartphones will provide the same quality as a digital camera."
- Qualcomm doesn't compete in the image sensor market, but it has integrated a decent amount of image-processing IP into its Snapdragon processors. Its flagship Snapdragon 805 can handle 55MP images with the help of dual image signal processors (ISPs).
- Last week, Qualcomm announced it has bought power amplifier vendor Black Sand.
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