World News: STMicroelectronics-Infineon merger would create power giant

World News:  STMicroelectronics-Infineon merger would create power giant

Industry speculation suggests a possible takeover of Infineon Technologies by STMicroelectronics, which could produce a combined company that would dwarf its competitors in the power management market.

According to IMS Research, the combined company would become by far the largest global supplier of power discretes and MOSFETs, with a market share significantly more than current leaders, Fairchild and International Rectifier.

IMS Research director Ash Sharma commented: “Whilst rumours are rife, the possible French-Italian-German merger could attract the attention of the European competition authorities, as it would hold one-third of the European power discretes market.”

He added that such a merger would also see the company dominating the global power ICs market, making it huge in comparison to the current largest suppliers Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor.


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