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May 29, 2013, 4:43 PMPMC-Sierra (PMCS) is buying IDT's (IDTI) PCI Express flash controller chip business for $100M in cash. The deal gives PMC, whose traditional RAID storage controller and adapter card sales have been pressured, the chance to be an arms dealer for a booming and hotly contested server flash module market. PMC notes the IDT unit has scored several major design wins, and has released the first controller chip supporting the new NVMe standard. IDT says it will now focus its R&D spend on "advanced timing, wireless power, memory interface, and communications signal chain" chips. | Comment!
Apr. 4, 2012, 4:24 PMPMC-Sierra (PMCS +8.5%) soared in late trading thanks to a report the telecom chipmaker recently held talks with potential buyers, though it's added a deal "is not considered imminent." PMC has been under pressure from activist firm Relational Investors to consider "strategic alternatives." Sources add rivals Broadcom (BRCM) and Marvell (MRVL) are "logical bidders" for PMC, though analysts think its exposure to legacy technologies such as SONET optical gear could be a problem. | 1 Comment
Jan. 17, 2012, 4:33 PMTelecom chipmaker PMC-Sierra (PMCS) rises 3.3% AH after activist money manager Relational Investors discloses it has a 7.17% stake in the company, and asserts PMC's board "may need to consider broader strategic alternatives." PMC's growth has been held back in recent years by its exposure to legacy technologies such as T1/T3 lines, ATM switches, and SONET optical gear. | Comment!
Sep. 12, 2011, 7:33 AMBroadcom (BRCM) agrees to buy NetLogic Microsystems (NETL) for $3.7B in a definitive merger agreement expected to close in the first half of 2012. The firm calls the deal a "strategic fit" that should deliver financial results. Rivals in the space potentially seeing interest: LSI, CAVM, MRVL, VTSS, FSL, PMCS, AMCC. | Comment!
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