Report: Intel Buying Altera?

Intel is reportedly in talks for a $10 billion-plus takeover of basestation chipmaker Altera.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday afternoon that Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) is in talks to buy Altera Corp. (Nasdaq: ALTR). Terms and timing on the deal are not known. It would be a massive acquisition for Intel, as Altera currently has a market cap of $10.4 billion.

Altera makes programmable chips -- known as field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) -- that are widely used in cellular basestations. Intel has been trying to get a larger footprint in this market through acquisition. It bought Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPD) in December 2013 for small cell wireless basestation technology. (See Intel Confirms Mindspeed Wireless Buyout and 2014: Intel's Year of Living Wirelessly?)

Want to know more about wireless chip challenges and strategies? These will be just some of the many topics covered at Light Reading's second Big Telecom Event on June 9-10 in Chicago. Get yourself registered today or get left behind!

Silicon-related M&A is picking up, with M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. acquiring several vendors recently. The Intel acquisition could be the latest entry in an already busy acquisitions market. (See Chip M&A: What's Next for MACOM?)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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brooks7 4/7/2015 | 5:20:20 PM
Re: Intel and LTE Would have to be very small.  Owned a product once that has an LFS distribution under 100M.  The kernel was much smaller of course.


MordyK 4/7/2015 | 1:45:24 PM
Re: Intel and LTE and how much of that did they commit to open? the heavy footprint of the WindowsPhone version is why MSFT/Nokia basically adopted a modified Android for the low-end phones.
jabailo 4/7/2015 | 11:58:25 AM
Re: Intel and LTE Well remember the NT kernel is a hybrid...at the core of its design a microkernel but with some external processes embedded in it.  Still potentially smaller than a linux macro-kernel and closer to Mach in architecture.   This speaks well to a IoT design where you want a small footprint, but at the same time might want closely coupled in-kernel features for speed, but not everything.
brooks7 4/7/2015 | 12:28:51 AM
Re: Intel and LTE I think that we already use Java and node.js in embedded devices so the gain in .NET is about 0. seven
MordyK 4/7/2015 | 12:17:31 AM
Re: Intel and LTE It's an incremental overhead and power cost. If this werent so important why would Android have had the last 2 releases largely focused on reducing the OS footprint?
jabailo 4/6/2015 | 11:30:16 PM
Re: Intel and LTE Maybe 5 or 10 years ago, but what is large these days?

I can buy a 4 Gig SD card at wal*mart for five bucks!

Heck, I can even imagine them shipping a whole Windows OS with .NET built in.

Imagine how fast device development would go if .NET programmers could work on Internet of Things technology at the device level!




MordyK 4/6/2015 | 11:08:07 PM
Re: Intel and LTE unless they made the commitment to open source in their agreement the comment still stands. there' also the issue of Windows Emebedded being a notoriously large kernel which bodes ill for minituarized devices.

I'm not trying to criticize, just kinda marveling out loud...
jabailo 4/6/2015 | 10:01:57 PM
Re: Intel and LTE Maybe some day:


Open-source Windows? The unthinkable is already happening, says Microsoft

According to Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, a future that includes an open-source Windows could happen. "It's definitely possible," Russinovich reportedly told an audience at the ChefCon conference in Santa Clara this week. "It's a new Microsoft."

MordyK 4/6/2015 | 6:20:04 PM
Re: Intel and LTE Their embedded OS is interesting to develop on top of but really difficult to modify at its core for any unique needs, hence my comment.
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